Philippians 2: 4-8
Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.
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The only woodcarving that I ever made for myself sits on a shelf in my office. It is a plank of mahogany with the carved letters "a servant's quarters." It reminds me of who I want to be usually at moments when I am not being that person. It convicts me as well as comforts me. I intentionally left it unfinished. Wherever we are on our journey of faith, no matter what we have done or left undone, it is not too late. In these days, it is good to look within ourselves, to linger in feeling more than a little lost. This reflection always leaves me longing for my better self, afraid I have squandered too many second chances. Ironically, I cannot find my better self by continuing to stare at my unworthiness. I look to Jesus and in losing myself I find my Way.
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For all those sitting in the dark, Lord, help them find their way in you. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
Writer, poet, artist, human, citizen, learner, scruffy, goof.
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