DEVOTION: Wiped Out

by Beth Bondurant

Turning off the computer can wipe out all your information in more ways than one.  Any major weather threat can wipe out entire cities in a matter of seconds. One wrong move can wipe out potential life and health for both young and old. Strong wills can wipe out both progress and compatibility. Strong faith can wipe away doubt and fear.

 

"If God's  love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand."

 

O God... I don't want to be wiped out... Most of the time I cling to whatever I feel is my security and my ability... my place and my aspiration... my understanding and calling.  I don't like the idea of being "wiped out". Why is such total desolation sometimes required for continued preservation.  Unconditional love and mercy is too difficult to perceive and practice... to become in mind, heart, body and spirit.  Forgive me, Lord, for closing myself to others... they way you created such diversity to see, touch, hear and move. O God, I want to lose myself so I can be found.  I want to give up and let go so I can be held that much more closely.  I want to be renewed and restored ... to wipe out the old and encompass the new... to be alive in hope and peace.. even when I feel lost and alone. It isn't natural for me... it isn't easy ... it isn't always my choice... but hear my heart... as it is ready and waiting to be divinely wiped out.

 

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