I believe that asking What if? is a worthwhile spiritual practice. It keeps our eyes and minds open to what God is doing in the world, and it keeps us grounded as well. If we will simply follow Jesus into the world with a willingness to love, God will do the transformative work in us and in others. It may not look the way we expect it to look, and it may not happen on our time frames. That’s okay because it’s not about us. It’s about what God is doing in the world. What if all of Jesus’ apprentices imagined a world made whole and holy by the love and grace of God?
But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” —Matthew 14:2
Wherever he goes, Jesus extends God’s mercy, power, forgiveness, and healing, and the most ordinary things are transformed—like water into wine. He opens the eyes of people who are blind, literally and figuratively, and releases people from whatever holds them captive. He transforms the lives of all he encounters, and he continues to do so.
For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. —Mark 10:45
But look here: the Lord’s eyes watch all who honor him,
all who wait for his faithful love
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous person is powerful in what it can achieve.
Create in me a clean heart,
and put a new and right
spirit within me.
[Adam and Eve] heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
The Lord God formed the human from the topsoil of the fertile land and blew life’s breath into his nostrils. The human came to life.
Psalm 8 celebrates the place of human beings within all creation. The psalmist expresses wonder and amazement at the majesty and vastness of creation. Then he marvels at the unique relationship God holds with humans among the cosmos. The devotion uses the “Gloria Patri” and other words from the full text of Psalm 8, including the title “Lord” to address God. The meditation invites us to consider the psalmist’s question, “What are human beings that you pay attention to them?” Use the meditation as a way of listening for God’s answer
When I look up at your skies,
at what your fingers made—
the moon and the stars
that you set firmly in place—
what are human beings
that you think about them;
what are human beings
that you pay attention to them?
When I look up at your skies, at what your fingers
made—the moon and the stars that you set firmly in
place—what are human beings that you think about
them; what are human beings that you pay attention
Know that the Lord is God—he made us; we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture.