Guard the treasure

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.

I am reminded of your sincere faith:
          rekindle the gift of God that is within you.
Hold to the standard of sound teaching
          that you have heard from me,
          in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Guard the good treasure entrusted to you,
          with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

                  —2 Timothy 1. 5, 6, 13-14

Your faith is not a strength or accomplishment,
a possession or a quality of yours at all;
it is a gift from God.
In your surrender to the love of the Beloved,
whose heart beats in yours,
you are given God’s own love,
for God and for the world.
Your faith is divine love alive in you.
Be thankful. Guard this treasure.
You don’t need to protect it;
it can face the worst of the world.
Don’t hoard it, or hide it.
But attend to it, care for it.
Don’t abuse it or forget it
or take it for granted.
Water the plant and give it light.
Let it live in you, strong and clear.
Even when your faith is a mystery,
all darkness and struggle,
it is still a gift:
God’s love in you, for your sake,
for the sake of the world.
Let the Loving One, who is in you,
help you guard this treasure
with humble joy and gratitude,
and give it away all the time.

Deep Blessings
Pastor Steve
Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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