January 20, 2021
Sparking Miracles

Zoey Georgia Wagner
“I pray that you may not lose heart over my sufferings...but be strengthened in your inner being with power through the Spirit. May Christ dwell in your hearts and keep you rooted and grounded in love.” 
Ephesians 3:13,17
Please engage with the above scripture, then consider the following:

What weathers you?

What is internal strength? How have you seen it in action?

What does it mean to be “rooted and grounded in love”?

I hope this brief moment of reflection was of some use to you. In all fairness, I will share some thoughts as well. If we are all conscious that this is such a difficult time in our world for a myriad of reasons, then why do we still honk the horn just to be petty? I am deeply disappointed in the often backwards, scary direction our nation seems to be heading in. For my New Year’s resolution, I strive to radically love myself and others, and to persistently look for the miracles happening among us. Miracles can be sparked by deliberate acts of kindness, love, forgiveness, empathy, patience, justice, peace, and thanks to our merciful God the list goes on.

Please take a moment to write down what you are grateful for, how you can spark miracles, and areas you might want to grow. If you are at a point in your life where you feel like you don’t have a whole lot to give, then perhaps you might choose to radically nurture yourself.

The words everyone on this planet deserves to know: you are lovable and capable.

By analyzing this passage I have come to think of the Holy Spirit as a renewable energy source fueling internal strength, available to all, and provided by God. I pray we become better stewards of the Earth and its people. Lastly, I am extremely grateful and continue to be inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. as we remember the impactful, miracle-filled life he led- this week especially. I hope MLK Jr. and many other selfless leaders inspire you to spark your own miracles. 
Miracle-working God, you heal the sick and free the oppressed. You unite the divided and feed the hungry, forgive the sinner and conquer evil. Ground me in your love that my spirit may be strong in you. Amen.
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