7 Living and Spirited Lives


Leviticus 10; Psalms 11–12; Proverbs 25; 1 Thessalonians 4

As we remember the one year anniversary of the tragic plane crash that took seven good men from their families, loved ones and communities, I am humbled to read 1 Thessalonians 4:1 today. Eugene Peterson’s, The Message, translation reads,

“One final word, friends. We ask you––urge is more like it––that you keep on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance”

 Each of these men reflected this “living, spirited dance.” It was exemplified in their compassion, humility, playfulness and, of course, their kindness. What a fabulous opportunity to honor them today by each of us carrying out or own 7 acts of kindness.   May their living and spirited dance continue in our hearts.  I pray that we would all live lives that are a living, spirited dance, pleasing to God.