Friday, June 22, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Psalms 119:105-112
"Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path." (Psalm 119:105)

God gave us the Bible as a light to shine through darkness in the world. In Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, the psalmist shows us his reasons for loving the Bible: it brings light to our path, it teaches us how to satisfy God, it inspires us when we are suffering, it helps us not to wander from God's truth, and it gives us joy.
The last semester of social work school, students are enrolled in a field practicum seminar course. This course allows students to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it in "real life" practical situations. The students in the course complete their field practicum in various settings like hospitals, prisons, protective agencies, etc. The class meets once a week to discuss and process the experiences that the students encounter. At the end of the semester that I had my field practicum, my professor handed us all a white candle and told us that we had experienced, worked, and studied some of the darkest parts of our clients' world and that just as the candle brings light to a room, as a social worker it is our job to be the candle in our clients' world and to shed light to their lives. This experience reminded me of my first communion, where we are also given a lighted candle to lighten those around us. When we walk in dark paths like depression, anxiety, and stress it is difficult for us to see and understand God's purpose for our lives. If we continue to read and meditate on his powerful Word it will guide us and provide us the direction we need for living.
"My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end." Psalm 119:112
The psalmist defines for us what it means to serve God, pointing out that not only does he use his hands, eyes, and feet but begins with a loving heart. His whole heart was bent on serving God. We should strive to do what is right and pray that God creates in us a clean heart and daily renews a right spirit within us.

Thank you Lord for loving us and for guiding us with your powerful Word, which gives us life and direction for daily living. Help us to meditate on your Word so that we may walk closer with you and that we may be wise enough to listen and obey your teachings. Amen.
Walking in the light of the word will help us keep pace with God.

Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church