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Examine Our Ways


Written by John Wesley (1703-1791), an English cleric, theologian, and evangelist, who was a leader of a revival movement within the Church of England known as Methodism.

Be serious and frequent in the examination of your heart and life…Every evening review your carriage through the day; what you have done or thought that was unbecoming your character; whether your heart has been instant upon religion and indifferent to the world? Have a special care of two portions of time, namely, morning and evening; the morning to forethink what you have to do, and the evening to examine whether you have done what you ought. Let every action have reference to your whole life, and not to a part only. Let all your subordinate ends be suitable to the great end of your living. Exercise yourself with godliness. 


Written by Emilie Griffin, a contemporary American author who writes about religious experience and spiritual life.

Dear God, my life is a maze of ordinary things: work, family, church, correspondence, bill-paying, filling out forms. Help me to see that in fulfilling my obligations I am serving you. Let me be open to the grace of the random encounter. Give me glimpses of  your reality in the middle of things. Let me recognize the Messiah, as Simeon did. And help me to live by your commandment of love, no matter what the cost. Amen.

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