Day Sixteen: You Can Give and Receive God’s Love in Any Situation

Love is meant to be shared. We can in every situation, let God’s love and abundance flow through us to others. In sharing, we experience greater abundance – we let go of possessiveness and experience God’s ever-abundant love and energy as constantly renewing us.

We live in an open-source, open-spirited, and open-ended universe. God’s energy flows through us to bring beauty, wholeness, and justice to our world. Prosperity and abundance are not private possessions, but our gifts, within the synergy of divine-human call and response, to the universe. In the spirit of the story of the five loaves and two fish, the more we share the more we have. Had the young boy kept his lunch to himself, the multitude would have gone hungry or gone home. But, the moment he shares his lunch with Jesus, it is multiplied and there’s food left over.

People who lived through the Great Depression of the 1930’s often remark, “We weren’t poor, we just didn’t have any money.” They discovered abundance by sharing and not hoarding. Today, in the midst of our current recession, many persons are discovering what’s truly important and learning to share these simple gifts with others. One of the unintended gifts of losing my seminary position is extra time with my new grandson. While I am spending of time writing, looking for a new position, and developing my cottage industries of public speaking, seminars, retreats, and healing classes, I have the gift of flexibility to support the new parents, to spend a whole morning playing games with a four month old or baby sit while my son and his wife go to dinner, and to work on job development – all in the same day! I experience insecurity but I also experience great joy. While our family has chosen to cut back on certain expenses to insure financial security over the long haul, we remain committed to supporting our church and other benevolences. Our future is in abundant life, not scarcity thinking. We are living by gratitude, not regret.

God’s grace flows to us and then through us. God’s healing flows to us and then through us. God’s abundance and prosperity flows to us and grows as we share with others. We can give and receive love in every situation. We can share our gifts, and allow God and others to support us. Allowing others to share their gifts with us expands their spiritual energy, enables us to do new things, and opens the door for new possibilities and energies to emerge in our world.

Our hands, hearts, and minds are meant to be open to God’s bounty every moment of our days. What gift or gifts is God giving to you today? What gifts are you receiving from others? Pause, notice, and give thanks. What opportunities are you receiving to share the abundance of life that you have received?

Today, awaken to be a channel of God’s blessing, giving and receiving love in every situation, through these affirmations.

I give and receive God’s love in every encounter.
I always have enough time, talent, and resource to share with others.
In giving, I receive; in receiving, I give.
I give and receive God’s love in my relationship with (a certain person).

Today, look for opportunities to share God’s blessings in your encounters. Open to synchronous moments to give a kind word, share an act of kindness, or support a worthy cause. Your world will become radiant and joy-filled as you dwell in God’s abundant life.

Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, healing companion, retreat leader and lecturer, and author of nineteen books, including Holy Adventure: 41 Days of Audacious Living; God’s Touch: Faith, Wholeness, and the Healing Miracles of Jesus; and Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry. He may be reached at bruceepperly@gmail.com

About Bruce Epperly

Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, and Pastor of South Congregational United Church of Christ, Centerville (Cape Cod), Massachusetts. He is the author of twenty five books, including Process Theology: A Guide to the Perplexed, Philippians: An Interactive Bible Study,The Center is Everywhere: Celtic Spirituality for the Postmodern Age, and Emerging Process: Adventurous Theology for a Missional Church. He also writes regularly for the Process and Faith lectionary. He has served as chaplain, professor, and administrator at Georgetown University, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Wesley School of Theology, and Claremont School of Theology. He may be reached at drbruceepperly@aol.com for lectures, workshops, and retreats. His latest book is Healing Marks: Healing and Spirituality in Mark’s Gospel (Energion).


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