From scripture reading this past week, two small phrases came into my being for reflection. The first thoughts were stirred by the last few words in Ephesians 6:9 - "with Him there is no partiality." The second reflection was prompted by words from Mark 35:39 when Jesus was speaking to the wind.
Cease to judge - Peace, be stillCan I, do I, live by these words? Can I compose myself for prayer, for active listening? Do I wish peace upon all those I encounter? Can I cease to judge? Do I wish to BE judged? If all I pass my judgment upon turn and judge me in return, can I stand or will I crumble? Will I weep in sorrow or anger, be surprised, or wish to explain how the judgment was unfair or maybe not quite right? Do I judge too much, too little, or too harshly? Why do I think I am qualified to pass any kind of judgment on others - those I know and even those I do not know? I fear I fall painfully short on these questions or proposals for my life. Perhaps you do too. Today I pray for myself and for others that I/we will feel the promise of these words and actions in our lives-
Cease to judge - Peace, be still
Photo - SS, neighborhood stroll