by Robert Corin Morris
GOD'S RESURRECTION PROMISE IN CHRIST is shalom -- active, bountiful goodness. "Shalom I give you, not as the ordinary world gives it" (John 14:27, paraphrase). Such bountiful goodness can flow around, through, and under any situation.
Living with disease, difficulty, or distress can sometimes be as important as curing it. Often just learning to live with the difficulty constitutes the first stage in a cure! However experienced -- as light, as peace, as minor relaxation in the midst of pain, as comfort, as assurance, or as growing health -- shalom comes from the Spirit itself, the Source of all goodness. A meditation such as the following one can open flesh, soul, and spirit to the Spirit's grace, which is already more available than we realize.
Excerpted from pages 24-25 of Wrestling with Grace: A Spirituality for the Rough Edges of Daily Life by Robert Corin Morris. Copyright © 2003 by Robert Corin Morris. Published by Upper Room Books. Used with permission.
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