The one who looked like a human being touched me again and gave me strength.
He said, “Don’t be afraid. You are greatly treasured. All will be well with you. Be strong!”
The goodness of Daniel comes through again and again, as God grants him visions of the things of heaven. It’s all so much for Daniel: he is overwhelmed with fear! But listen to the words of reassurance of God, calling him “greatly loved by God.”
Now God loves every one of us, yet God’s joy in us is the greater the more we are open to listen to God and to see with our hearts what God wants to show us. Daniel’s soul is completely open to God—like a window pane of perfectly clear glass through which God’s life just pours into his soul. Daniel kept the windows of his soul very clean by prayer, good works and just wanting to be pleasing to God.
May you and I keep our soul clean and clear so that God’s presence can come through. Prayer, longing to be in contact with God, loving others: all these acts on our part will be like spiritual Windex for the soul!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
My soul transparent to You
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north, Year B.
Mondays in this season are dedicated to the Prophet Daniel.
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…