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Aroused Within Us

All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. Romans 8:22 MSG

Bring to mind images of your immediate family, extended relations, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and church family – your community. Offer prayers of thanksgiving for your community and for the blessing these people are in your life.
 
In the spirit of seeking, “What are You arousing within us, God?” invite God to speak to you through the images of your community. Are there any needs that the images bring to mind? Perhaps it’s a child who can use an “extra grandparent.” Or maybe you share a similar hurt as another, and since your wound is healed you could use that experience to help the other.  Since God knows us for who we really are, trust that the images He brings to mind hold a message just for you. Then consider if God is calling you to bless your community in a particular way. Even if it produces a level of discomfort, it’s OK to wrestle with God. It’s through that wrestling that God helps us to lean into who we really are.
 
As you move into the remainder of your day stay alert for what God might be trying to show you. And consider this from theologian Frederick Buechner, in The Clown in the Belfry – Writings on Faith and Fiction: “Whatever you do with your life—whatever you end up achieving or not achieving—the great gift you have in you to give to the world is the gift of who you alone are; your way of seeing things, and saying things, and feeling about things, that is like nobody else’s. If so much as a single one of you were missing, there would be an empty place at the great feast of life that nobody else in all creation could fill.”

Diane Kinsella
The Family Life Center