Scripture: Philippians 3:10-11
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Thought for the Day: In her book, Wonderful and Dark is This Road: Discovering the Mystic Path, Emilie Griffin describes mysticism as “a deep and sustained intimacy with a loving God, sometimes marked and dramatic in its emotionality, more often anonymous and invisible to the casual observer.” For far too long, Christians have been afraid of the words mysticism and mystic. We associate those terms with New Age religion. This is too bad, for the words have deep roots in Christianity. Some of the early Christian thinkers were called The Mystics. They were very intentional in the spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, fasting, meditation, silence, worship, service, etc.), and out of those disciplines, they discovered an intimate relationship with God. Mysticism is reflected in the words of Blaise Pascal, the great French mathematician, who wrote, “The heart has reasons which reason cannot know.” Let us commit ourselves to moving beyond a simple knowledge of Christianity to a meeting with Jesus who is our mentor, savior and friend.
Prayer: I come before you, O Lord of heaven and earth, for I want nothing less than to know you as much as you can be known. Amen.
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