Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week’s reflection was written by Senior Writer Larry Livingston.
Last week we observed the summer solstice, marking the longest day of the year. Going forward, the days will grow increasingly shorter and the nights longer, until December 21st and the beginning of a new cycle.
In Christian tradition, this time of year is symbolically associated with the birth of John the Baptist, just as the winter solstice is with the birth of Jesus. It was John who, knowing that his work served a purpose greater than himself, said of Christ, “He must increase; I must decrease” (John 3:30).
There is grace in the recognition that we are each called to serve a purpose greater than ourselves. When we choose to ‘decrease’ — in personal gratification, in ego fulfillment, in material comfort — for the sake of others, we follow the model of John the Baptist and, like him, give glory to Christ.
Loving God, thank you for our Unbound sponsors and the generosity that allows sponsored friends to ‘increase.’ As we reflect on the seasons of the year and the seasons of our lives, may we grow in the humility and compassion that allow us to serve others with joy, and may all we do reflect your goodness on the Earth. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.