Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you. Rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. — 2 Timothy 1. 6-7
At your conception God laid a creating hand on you and brought a gift of power and love into this world. At your birth your mother wrapped her strong hands around you and God's gift in you sparkled in the light: the gift of being who you are, of letting your beauty blossom naturally, of belonging among us. At your baptism somebody laid a gentle hand on you; some human touch connected your heart with another, which was connected to all others. That hand touched God's gift in you, the gift of the Spirit, the power to radiate God.
Since then much has threatened to bury that gift, to quench the flame. But take courage. Christ continually comes to rekindle the gift. There can be no more serious question for you than this: What do you need to do to rekindle the fire of God within you? Do it. And don't finish answering too quickly. Keep listening.
Discipline yourself to care for your spirit of love and power so that in your own way you can abandon all cowardice and radiate God.
Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve
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