Last night at evening prayer service, (By the way, we livestream the service at 6:45 pm each Wednesday night. The service runs about 15 to 20 minutes) in her brief comments centered on Psalm 130, Karen quoted Evelyn Underhill who wrote these words: “Only those who try to live near God and have formed the habit of faithfulness to God in the small things of our daily life, can hope in times of need for that special light which shows us our path. To do as well as we can the job immediately before us, is the way to learn what we ought to do next.”

This whole notion of trying to live near God by forming habits of faithfulness in the small things of our daily life resonates with me. Because it feels like I’m not doing much in this days of living at “arm’s length.” There is quote that goes something like this:  If you don’t know what to do you do what you know.” What I know is doing. It is what and who I am but I can’t do much. I’ve been pondering how to nurture the small things of faithfulness? Notice it doesn’t say the smaller or lesser things of faithfulness but rather the small things. Are not small things foundational in faithfulness?  So when “you know who” irritates the “you know what out” of you – be kind.  When you get frustrated with yourself – be gentle.  When you become wearisome – be patience.  The small things are foundational. Let’s intentional try to live out our faith in the small things.

 

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

 10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. 14 If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.

 

Reflection Questions:

What small things are foundational in your faith?

How is your faithfulness visible to others?

How are these days of distancing yourself revealing about yourself?

 

Prayer:

Holy God, you know that I have chosen to build my life on You. Nurture me in the small things of faithfulness so I may reflect you desire for creature, community and creation. I try to live near You and live-out the habit of faithfulness let me be among those who help to bring light into the world.  Amen.

 

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