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True Religion

MEDITATION:

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

But true religion, or a heart right towards God and [humanity], implies happiness, as well as holiness. For it is not only righteousness but also “peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” What peace? The peace of God, which God only can give and the world cannot take away, the peace which “passes all understanding,” all (barely) rational conception, being a supernatural sensation, a divine taste of “the powers of the world to come,” such as the natural man [or woman] knows not, how wise in the things of this world, nor, indeed, can…know it, in his [or her] present state, “because it is spiritually discerned.” It is a peace that banishes all doubt, all painful uncertainty, the Spirit of God bearing witness with the spirit of a Christian, that he [or she] is a child of God.

PRAYER:

Written by Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897), a French Carmelite nun, is known as “the Little Flower of Jesus.

May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be confident knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.

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