You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image, when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” Anne Lamott
We have to be careful about how we imagine God. We can’t expect God to think exactly what we think. After all, God is God. Jesus spent a lot of time telling us about God and the Kingdom of God. We need to spend more time reading the Bible.
Prayer: Patient God, you know that we keep trying to create you in our own image. Remind us that it is the other way around. Amen
We come up with wonderful plans for Lent. We decide to pray more, do more, give more. And then we slip. One day goes by without us doing what we planned. Don’t worry about it. Pick up the next day and just keep on. We are imperfect. God is aware of our failings. He forgives us. Get up and keep going.
Worry. Something that I mastered a long time ago. I turn things over to God and then pick them back up. We have to remember that God can handle anything and he is with us every moment. Worry does nothing. Let God handle it.
We pray to God for many things. We pray for others, for health, about out daily lives. The list is too long to list. Sometimes our prayers are answered but it is not the answer we wanted. The answer can make us question how our beliefs. That can be scary. Don’t worry. Those answers will cause us to grow in the knowledge of God and his ways.
It is not our responsibility to protect God. God can take care of Himself/Herself. Too often someone will want to defend their view of God. They want everyone else to understand what God wants. The trouble is it is what God wants according to them. Let us not fall into the trap of defending God. I truly believe God is fine. Just trust that, if blessed, you will hear God tell you the plans for you. He/She will not be interested in updating you about others. We each have our own perspective….our viewing point is not God’s.
Richard Rohr wrote in a recent post about Midrash. This is a term I have used often when there is discussion about scripture. Midrash is a Jewish term and has to do with the way they look at scripture. Rohr says: “Jesus practiced a form that the Jewish people called midrash, consistently using questions to keep spiritual meanings open, often reflecting on a text or returning people’s questions with more questions.”
The point of Midrash is to keep digging and thinking about scripture. See what meaning lies underneath the simple. Question what it means to you today and then look at it again tomorrow or much later. We are different each day and may have different ideas and see different meanings.
Don’t be afraid to discuss scripture and hear the ideas of others. There is nothing wrong with seeing another viewpoint. Scripture is not dead words on a page. It is a living, breathing thing.
Advent is here and the theme of the thoughts for this season.
We are not good a waiting. Really, that is an understatement. We have a society of instant gratification. We want it and we want it now! When I worked for a group of pediatricians one of them said people expected a drive-by window where he would reach out and putting hands on the child say “heal.”
Advent is a time of waiting….waiting for the greatest gift mankind has ever had. Waiting for a baby. Expecting.
We must appreciate this time and use it. It is a time to ready ourselves for the gift!
Loving God, we wait. Help us to curb our impatience and use this time to think about the gift to come. AMEN
The road that Christ followed is not an easy one. The disciples thought they could when asking him to sit at his right and left hand. They later found it was not easy. To choose this path is scary and difficult but it is the right one.
All knowing God, you sent your son to show us what to do. Help us to tread that difficult path. AMEN
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.——-Helen Keller
We always want life to be easy. Sometimes it is….sometimes not. The struggles that we encounter help us to grow. We learn from them. We would be less than we are without them. Some of the most famous poets, writers and artists drew inspiration from their struggles. Helen Keller is a good example.
Just remember… no matter what God is with us.
Ever present God, we thank you for your promise to be with us through our trials. AMEN
Prayer can be difficult for us at times. We have heard so many comments about how to pray that we can find ourselves feeling inadequate. There are so many ways to pray and any prayer is heard no matter what.
Recently I have used the book Praying in Color and am enjoying a new prayer style to add to my list. I am no artist but using our hands, eyes and mind seems to help us focus.
Gracious Lord, help us to pray in every way possible…with our voice, with our minds, with our hands and any other way. AMEN
If you would like to try this the book is available on Amazon.