Listen to God in the silence of your meditation. Meditate upon what the word harmony means to you.
Ask God how you can help your Church and Session and Minister live in harmony with one another.
Joyful in hope. What a great phrase to keep before one's day. No matter what our day looks like, to repeat to ourselves the phrase "joyful in hope" creates positive thoughts when we have a tendency to sometimes think negatively. Patient in affliction. Oh boy. This is a tough one. When we are feeling ill or recovering from illness, sometimes we get cranky that we aren't healing as quickly or as whole-ly as we think we should. Now healing from illness isn't the affliction that Paul was talking about but it certainly reflects upon healing from illness. Always share with those who are in need. This means keeping those who are afflicted and live without hope and joy in your prayers. This means giving warm mittens and toques to those who have none. This means inviting people over for a bowl of soup who are living with mounting frustrations and sadness. Practice hospitality. No matter who comes to your door or speaks to you on the phone or e-mails you, practice hospitality. Hospitality is more than opening your home up to your family and friends. Hospitality today includes your family and friends and community and who ever is in contact with you. Hospitality means praying for your guest, giving food to nourish their bodies, making sure that your guest is better off than when they arrived on your doorstep/e-mail.