Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.22.13

But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
 John 4:23, 24 HCSB
 Touch my heart so that I am filled with kindness, forgiveness, understanding, grace, and dignity—even when it isn’t being extended to me. Touch my heart to welcome, include, and embrace others—even when it isn’t being extended to me, and especially when others around me fear this inclusion, and would sway me to do otherwise.
 Thank You Father for helping me to walk away from those who were only to be in my life for a season or a reason. May You continue to bless them, heal them, and help them through their journey. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
 The Samaritan woman by the well was shocked at Jesus’ inclusive nature and willingness to speak with her, associate with her, and ask her for favor. He was a Jew, and in her understanding of the pecking order, Jews did not associate with, embrace, or ask for anything from Samaritans.
 Jesus’ openness allowed her to open up and be receptive to the gift and favor that he offered. He helped her to see past the finite and material senses that consumed her, and made her fixate on the obvious fact that Jesus requested water but had no bucket. Jesus helped her to see the spiritual bucket and the spiritual water, and his ability through God to quench her spiritual thirst. In their conversation barriers were removed, doubt was seized and tossed to the side, and belief was proclaimed. She believed and had faith without any visual proof of what Jesus was telling her.
 Although she had spent the better part of her life believing things to be one way, she did not belittle, ignore, or dismiss Jesus’ conflicting statements. She listened. She asked questions. She asked for clarification. Once satisfied, she embraced the new thinking.
 We need to work at being more open, receptive, and inclusive of others and their beliefs. You don’t have to convince someone to believe what you believe. If what you believe is pure and God’s Truth, then the seed that you have planted will take root, be nurtured, and grow. There’s no need to harass, bully, or manipulate people into doing, saying, or thinking a certain way. Jesus didn’t. Nor did Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Joshua, Mohammad, Buddha, or other great religious leaders and prophets. They shared and you made your own decision whether to believe and follow, or not.
 Let’s keep working on being better ambassadors of love.
 Love always,
 Copyright 2013. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted.
 Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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