Sharing Scars

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” – (John 4:39)

 

Regardless of her shameful past, the Samaritan woman had a powerful encounter with the living Christ as she had gone to draw water from the well. She was so moved by what she saw and heard, that she lost herself in the enormity of what was being offered to her, and went into town and told everyone she could find about what Jesus had spoken to her, despite the public potential for her to be further ostracized. Jesus moved, and she was forever changed. So too, were many within that town. If we are willing to respond to the invitation that Jesus extends to each of us, not only will we be changed, but so too, will all whom we encounter. May we readily receive all that our Redeemer has to give, and then share our story with those who are willing to hear.

 

Christ Jesus, our Lord,One to Many

what wonder is He;

Who looks past our sin,

to what we can be.

No matter our scars,

sin, guilt and our stains;

He washes us clean,

so just love remains.

It is by that love,

that we are compelled;

to share the great news,

how Christ loves so well.

May we rise and go,

without fear of past;

for what we can share,

will forever last.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that our testimony is irrefutable, as it is our story that You have redeemed and made beautiful. Thank You that You have always loved us, and that Your love does not change nor fade. Thank You that You deposit in us, that very same love for others. Forgive us for allowing fear to keep us from moving out where we are being called. Teach us to trust You more, so that we will go without concern for where we have been, but will look forward with anticipation to all that You will do. Lead us to love others with the same sort of zeal that You have for us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we share the story of how You have touched our hearts and lives. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence. – Acts 2:28

What Love Looks Like

image by Valerie Etienne

image by Valerie Etienne

To love sincerely,

He calls each of us;

despise all evil,

cling to righteousness.

To be devoted,

in brotherly love,

honor each other,

place others above.

Never lack in zeal,

keep fervor to serve,

be joyful in hope,

our time He deserves.

Be patient in pain,

and in each trial;

faithful in prayer,

He loves you, His child.

Share with those in need,

open heart and home;

bless those who challenge,

and peace shall be known.

Join those who rejoice,

grieve with those in grief;

live in harmony,

encourage belief.

Be not proud people,

interact with all;

be not conceited,

that leads to a fall.

Don’t repay evil,

choose to do what’s right;

live at peace with all,

you are His delight.

(Responding to Romans 12:9-18)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your word and Your Holy Spirit, which lead us and guide us in the ways that we are meant to live.  Forgive us for not heeding Your instructions, and please help us to live as You call us to live.  Teach us to be devoted in love, to honor others above ourselves, to serve You with fervor, to be joyful in hope regardless of our circumstance, to be patient and prayerful in times of trial and in times of peace; help us to share generously with those in need; teach us to be hospitable; help us to bless those who persecute us, rejoice with those rejoicing, mourn with those in mourning, and help us to live harmoniously with each other.  Keep pride far from us, and may we leave repayment and judgment for evil, in Your hands.  Help us to choose what is right in Your eyes.  May our lives lived in love lead many to move toward Your Majesty.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present