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Lectio Divina Reading

January 5, 2003

Scripture Reading,

1 John 2:29-3:6

Children of God

28And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.  29If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

1How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.

4Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

Welcoming a New Year , Joyce Rupp

a new year stands on my doorstep
ready to enter my life's journey.

something in me welcomes this visitor:
the swiftness of the coming
the boldness of the entrance
the challenge of a year's good-bye.

something in me fears this visitor:
the unnamed events of future days
the wisdom needed to walk love well
the demands of giving away and growing

a new year stands on my doorstep.
with fragile caution I move
to open the door for its entrance.
my heart leaps with surprise,

joy jumps in my eyes,
for there beside this brand-new year
stands my God with outstretched hand!
He smiles and gently asks of me:
can we walk this year together?

and I, so overwhelmed with goodness,
can barley whisper my reply:

welcome in!

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