St. Paul finds himself near the very edge of his life because of the attacks against him by his enemies. Yet with all this, he finds time to write to his dear friends in Corinth. Peace wells up inside as he does this, for he knows that the Lord Jesus is with him. By expressing love and holy desires, he feels protected and surrounded by Jesus, lifted up and freed from fears from those coming against him.
Maybe there are some things that are making you feel afraid, or anger or sad…or perhaps just an uncomfortable feeling inside. Way inside you, like the core of an apple, God is present and protecting you. Nothing can get through that circle of God’s care to really hurt you. St. Paul believes this: lets you and I do the same! So go about your day knowing that you are loved and protected by God who lives inside you. God is at the core of you!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Off’ring self in every way v.4
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the sixth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
In this season we read 2 Corinthians.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…