March 26, 2017
Dear Allen Temple Family and Friends,
In whom do you find a deep-spirited friend? For whom are you a deep-spirited friend? What is a deep-spirited friend? In these very troubling times, it is important to know where your safe harbors are located. A deep-spirited friend can be a safe spiritual harbor; one who listens with an open heart, prays with and for you, and acts justly with mercy on your behalf. Meditate with me on this Word found in Philippians 2:1-4 and Micah 6:8 (The Message).
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Jesus was and is a deep-spiritual friend to whomever accepts him. Yet, as his earthly journey took him closer and closer to the cross, he found fewer and fewer safe spiritual harbors amongst those who would call themselves a friend. Let each of us, this week, commit to being a safe spiritual harbor for another. Go forward humbly in hope, faith, courage and confidence.
Food for the journey,
Reverend Ineda P. Adesanya
Minister of Spiritual Life