Thursday, March 9 (3:9)
Philippians: "...and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith."
To possess the soul of a pilgrim can be unsettling. Having faith that everything will work out, tends to make people uncomfortable. Most people don't understand, some start worrying, and some wish they could do the same.
In one sense, the idea of selling possessions to support the exploration or pilgrimage can be scary. You want to price things fairly and at an affordable price, but at the same time, you don't want to be taken advantage of.
Recently, I've been paying particular attention to "coincidences." Once you become open to them, they start happening all the time. Within this past week alone, I started getting down on myself about closing my store. After talking with my daughter, who reminded me to trust and be open, coincidences began sprouting up everywhere. That is the faith of a pilgrim. That is the faith that can be short-lived. That is the faith worth fighting for. It is the faith to cling to. It is the faith mentioned in Philippians. It is the faith that only God can provide, not people. Putting too much faith in people will let you down repeatedly.
So, at least for today, may we be open and receptive to God's coincidences.