Musings from the Manse 4 July 2021

If your heart/soul could be envisioned as a cup, what would it look like? Would it be empty? Half-empty? Partially full? Filled to overflowing? Who (or what) fills your cup? Is that source a reliable one? Are your deepest desires and needs met? What about your hurts and pain? Are they addressed in the filling or emptying of your cup? Sit with this image for a while and ponder it.

The writer of Lamentations praises God and says, “The LORD is my portion, therefore I will hope in him.” Oh, that we can be like this writer and allow God to be our portion, to let Jesus fill our cup, and let the Spirit’s breath infuse every molecule of our being!

Now, more than ever, we need to recognize God as our portion, and we need to fill our cups with the goodness, hope, and love of Christ. We need to draw together as Christ’s Body, to build relationships, to worship and pray, and to be equipped and sent into the world with our full portions to be poured out for the sake of others.

Here’s another question worth pondering: Do you believe that we have all we need as the Body of Christ to do God’s work in the world and to help bring healing and hope? If you don’t, can’t, or aren’t sure, are you willing to step out in faith in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus, Paul, and centuries of faithful sinner/saints before us? Can you hold that image of cup and portion in your unsure sightlines? We don’t have to have it all right or do this discipleship thing perfectly. No, all we need to do is trust that with God as our portion and our cup filled with the divine presence and will for us to have life abundant, then we have and ARE enough. By the grace of God and the work of the Spirit, we can do the hard things we are called to do.

We will on our journey encounter those who are “different from us” We may be called to do something that pulls us off course or requires a change of direction from our carefully planned day or life. Don’t worry, my friends. We have enough and are enough with God as our portion to do these hard things.

Our cups—our lives—will have room and margin if we trust and respond; in God’s economy there is always enough and then some. So do not be afraid at where you may be called to go, who you might encounter there, and whether you feel equipped for the task. God is your portion. Jesus has been poured out for you. The Holy Spirit breathes within and through you. Have hope. Be of good cheer and courage. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

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