God is Love

by Beth A Richardson on May 2, 2012 · 2 comments

True Vine

Wednesday, May 2. Spend some time today reading one of this week’s scriptures in a process of lectio divina (see p. 47).

Pray the gospel reading from this week using Audio Lectio and tell us what you hear God saying in the scriptures.

Words from The Word: Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. -1 John 4:8, NIV

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Jesus says “I am the vine” – listen to and pray these words from John 15:5-7.

Pray for: the people and countries of Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Spiritual Tools: Hearing the call of God is only half the struggle — we must also learn to discern that call in our lives. Let’s get started with Discerning God’s Will by Nicole Corlew.


O God, who calls those who will follow along with you, show us our duty today, and give us bread for our journey. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

-Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck
A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People

From page 214 of A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck. Copyright (c) 1990 by The Upper Room. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Prayer: God of constant love and grace, open my spirit to the gentle movement of your Spirit so I can more fully abide in you. Amen.

Art Credit: “True Vine” from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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BUZZ May 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

You are so richly blessed.
You have been so blessed my your father.
You are so blessed by your loving AN community that you would risk sharing yourself so openly with us.
Verily I say,
May God Bless


carmie May 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

The scripture that stands out today is acts and john. I realize i must learn how to see the meaning of the scriptures and in turn teach those meanings to other. Fear is what holds me back but “perfect love casts out fear”. Let go of wordly branches and grow from the “vine”. Not sure how to apply this to my life yet but the month is young.


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