2012-06-01 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Both Ways

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Read John 7:37-38

Freely you have received, freely give.

- Matthew 10:8 (NIV)

Centuries ago the native people living alongside what is now known as the Hudson River had their own name for this stream of water. They called it Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk, “The River that Flows Both Ways.” When the tide from the Atlantic Ocean flows into this waterway, the river flows north; and when the tide goes out, the river flows south.

When I learned about this, I realized that it holds a lesson for us: What flows into our life from God is meant to flow out from it. We’re to have in our heart a river that flows both ways: God’s love flows in, and it is meant to flow out. I experience the tide of God’s grace, and then I show grace — graciousness — to others. I’m forgiven, and I forgive others. God’s strength streams in, and I’m to build up others. The presence of Christ floods my soul, and from my heart is to flow that same divine presence. Each of us can have within us a river that flows both ways.

David T. De Hass

(Iowa, USA)

Thought for the Day: As God blesses me, I am to bless others.

Prayer: Dear Father, as you have filled us with your grace and mercy and love, help us to share with others.

We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”* *Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)

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