God’s Joy Buzzer – Good News for October 23

23 10 2008

Luke 12: 49-53

Jesus said to his disciples “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!

Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?

No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father,  a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

The Daily Path: God has a sense of humor. Earlier this year He held out His hand to me, with a “joy buzzer” in His palm ready to give me a little shot. That jolt re-ignited a tiny ember that somehow had burned faintly inside me for many years. I cannot explain it but the fire from that handshake burns stronger each day as I continue on my spiritual journey.

At the same time as I feel closer to God, I also realize that we all have a choice to make. Either we accept God’s invitation to the party or we don’t. It may come down to a choice between God and our family and friends. That sounds pretty harsh. One of my constant struggles is the courage to proclaim my faith in public. In many cases, I feel like Peter, I’m afraid.

Let’s ask God to give us all the courage to fully accept and proclaim Him. And in doing so, shed the fear that those we love here on Earth won’t accept us because we proclaim knowing the Lord. Pray, too, that we’ll be filled with grace to show our family and friends the path to God’s love and that he’ll place one of those “joy buzzers” in our hands.