Nurture Your Gift

Christmastide: Jan 2
Read Mark 4:16-17 and John 15:1-5

The seed that falls on rocky ground without enough soil — and without adequate food and care and nurture and living water — remains rootless and unable to endure trouble.  I can find the feeding and nurture I need only by seeking God daily and abiding (“pitching my tent”) in Christ!  And this abiding, as a branch in the vine, includes being subject to God’s cleansing and pruning.

Wilderness wanderings, fleeing to Egypt to escape Herod, going home a different way after worshipping Christ — these experiences force me to acknowledge that only God can be the source of my life, love, and growth.

Are you learning the value of nurturing your gift, of feeding on the bread of life, of abiding in Christ? If you have found value in it but are unsure of how to maintain the discipline of setting aside a daily time, what would help you? Meditate and write on these thoughts.

Remember: the purpose of meditation, like the purpose of prayer, is to further your relationship with God by becoming open and available to God, who is always available to you. This is not a goal to achieve or accomplish or succeed at doing, but a gift to receive and cherish.

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About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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