We end 2014 and plan, as the Lord wills, to begin 2015 with a reminder that our weekly Devotional, SOUL FIBER, is so named by and in memory of my soul/sole Godson, Oliver W. Martin III. He recommended the title to mean “the grit needed to keep the channel of communication open and healthy.”
Have you ever been constipated and needed relief? Do you remember growing up with castor oil as Mom’s choice for giving you relief? After that table spoon of warm castor oil followed by a shot glass of orange juice one would pray “Lord, please. No more constipation.” Would you agree that society is spiritually constipated and in need of a good dose of spiritual assistance without spending money on products that bring relief or gagging at the thought of taking castor oil?
One of Change.org recent petitions was for a young man who was fired from his job for showing compassion to animals. I signed it and offered “Showing compassion is a much needed balm (another word for relief) that can heal our broken homes, homeland, and hearts.” If you are unable to show compassion, you are spiritually constipated.
All spiritual tools are designed for relief of some kind and they are all directly connected to the Spirit of Grace. Grace, a virtue coming from God, is undeserved – and often perceived as unfair – divine assistance that helps us look within for internal forgiveness and relationship building (internal, vertical, and horizontal) designed to draw us closer to God and to one another.
You may agree that 2014 has been a year filled with troubles on every hand. As we look back, let’s admit that whether we have acknowledged it or not, Grace has been like a bridge over troubled waters. More importantly, let’s acknowledge and give thanks in 2015 for the times when Grace continues to be our bridge through, in, and over troubled waters.
Please pray for American and Coalition soul’s killed-in-action,
their families and, especially their children.