As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)
My dear children, each of you is as unique as a snowflake. No two are the same. Each one of you is different and possesses a distinctive beauty. Each one enjoys an exclusive adventure with me. Where two or more are gathered, I will be there. When you gather in my name, my Spirit is with you. Your unique life experiences make you a valuable part of the group. As you express my work in you, others will learn from you. From both your successes and failures, incomparable lessons can be learned. Be students of me and each other. The story of one will enhance the life of another. Knowledge of my concepts and my works in each other will refine you and improve your walk with me. As iron sharpens iron, sharpen one another.
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. (Psalm 63:1-4)
O Lord, my Lord, your love is better than life. I raise my hands to you and my lips glorify you with praise. I eagerly seek you as a priceless treasure. I long for you like water in the desert. My soul thirsts to know you more intimately. My debt of gratitude wells up deep inside me for your amazing works of grace and the kindness you have shown me. I am the Lord’s temple, the dwelling place of your Spirit. All my days are lived out in your glorious presence. Speak to me, O God, and let me hear your voice within me. I am excited to learn your wisdom and your ways. Teach me what I need to know. Give me understanding that comes from you alone. I am your servant. Set my feet on the path you have marked out for me. Run with me on the adventure you created me for. You are my life. I will find my joy and peace in knowing you. You are the living God who dwells in me. All praise, honor, and glory to you, my King. I love you more than life.