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.
Where do I seek you?
I say that I seek you
in all I do
But I look
in the noise of mindless music
in the television’s continuous voice
I hunt for you
by being in charge
by filling each moment
by running away
I don’t stop
to hear you voice
When I am lonely
When I am sad
I cry to you
but when things are good
the need disappears
and I don’t seek you
And then I don’t
listen for you
to answer my cry
©Suzanne Boyd 1997
On of my favorite songs during this season is Mary did you know?
Listen carefully to the words.
if Mary ever wished
that her son could walk an easier path
how she learned
to accept things as they were
if it’s different
if you’ve heard an angel speak and listened
©Suzanne Boyd 2018
7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I keep the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
The Lord does give us counsel. However, we do have to listen and then act. His counsel is immaterial if we chose not to act on it. Have you ever woken in the night with someone on your mind? Someone random? I have and I finally got the idea to pray for that person. I had no idea why. As far as I knew there was no problem. Later on I would find that the person needed prayer. I am not always that good at listening but I know that I must pay attention and hear when God speaks. It is not always easy. “Be still and know that I am God.”
Intimate God, you know us well. We don’t always pay attention or follow through. Help us to be still and listen. AMEN
6 The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure,
silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.
We can count on the promises that God has made. We also have to understand that there are some things he did not promise. Life will not be perfect but God did promise to be by our side through it all. His strength will be our strength. His promises are never forgotten.
Faithful God, help us to feel your strength in times of trouble. Remind us that you are faithful. AMEN
My daily meditation will be on the Psalms for a while. I hope you find this meaningful.
Psalm 1 verse 1 from the NRSV
Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
I was struck by the word “scoffers.” How often do we put down the ideas of others without really considering them. Sometimes we are not rejecting the ideas but the people themselves. We do not even hear them out or consider what they would mean. Think about this attitude and hear others out.
Gracious Lord, help us to listen with open mind and heart and not scoff but HEAR. AMEN
Do we get affirmations? I know I do. When I wrote about the arangels I said that if we can see it God is working every day. The thing is we have to have our eyes open or we see nothing.
It is so easy to follow the crowd. Our society encourages us to conform. People who don’t follow the group are considered odd. Certainly if we follow Jesus and the things that he did we will be considered odd. After all helping the poor, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless are not high priorities for society as a whole. Yet we are called to do as Jesus did.
God, you want us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Help us to follow his path in spite of societies ideas. AMEN
“An eye for an eye will only make the world blind” ~Mahatma Gandhi
This is an oft quoted piece from the Bible found in Exodus and in Matthew 5 after the beatitudes. The meaning is different that what we usually think. It is about retaliation but calls for only an eye to be taken for an eye. No more. In Matthew Jesus tells us what we really need to do.
Matthew 5: 38-42
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40 and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41 and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42 Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.
Loving Lord, you call us to let go of our anger and put revenge aside. Help us to do so. AMEN