The Voice

I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness

I am the voice of one crying out

I am the voice of one

I am the voice

I am…

This is really where it all begins, with the I AM desiring to be made known with the gentleness of a still small voice helping to clear the way. Yet not until we reach the path through the wilderness do we even acknowledge the cry. Gracious God help us to hear the voice of the I AM, and upon hearing – even in those paths of wilderness, we may respond according to your will.

Mountain Top

…unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies….  When Martin Luther King, Jr gave his “Mountain Top” some say it’s message was prophetic.  Perhaps there is some prophecy, but I also hear hope, encouragement and a sense of peace as well. It’s the peace that comes after the challenge of a long journey. From his first movement in Montgomery 1955, to his last ending in Memphis, 1968, King Jr. could see that much had changed across the nation in those 13 years, but not before many had died. He himself had changed but not before realizing that “only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”  As dark as those times were, the nation was responding in ways it hadn’t responded before King took on the challenge to climb that mountain called injustice and segregation to name a few. When he reached his top, his message was to give us hope and encouragement. God gives us the privilege to go up the mountain. We only have to be willing to take the climb.

John 12:24-32

Centering Prayer

Saturday’s Meditation – Psalm 19:1-4,14

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
   and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
   and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
   their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
   and their words to the end of the world.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
   be acceptable to you,
   O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Equipped For Every Good Work

Elijah : Do you know the Torah?

Elisha: No.

Elijah: Why not?

Elisha: I don’t have enough brains for studying the Torah?

Elijah: When I came along, I found you ploughing. Where did you get the understanding to plough?

Elisha: God.

Elijah: The same God who gave you understanding to plough, has also given you sufficient understanding and brains for study. Come with me and I will teach you (chabad.org).

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that every one who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. Timothy 3:1-17

 

 

Full Circle

receive the kingdom of God as a little child… If you can even remember what it’s like to be a child, what it’s like to be enamored by the simplest things, what it’s like to marvel at laughter or experience a sense of freedom not bound to the physical world but rather to its dreams and possibilities.  You look at things with a healthy curiosity not burdened by judgment but rather excitement of discovery. Your ears hear things, some of which you probably shouldn’t be listening to but you listen anyway just because and you keep for another day. So that when your mouth speaks of things that are far wiser than your years, others have no choice but to listen. Then you know you’ve come full circle in this life, now as a child, living unto God. For it is such as these that the kingdom belongs. Mark 10:1-16.

The Gift

From Perfect Love, humankind is created in its image. Even as we see the self as imperfect, God sees the self perfectly. Like the parent that loves a not-so perfect handcrafted mother’s day gift from her child, she loves what is “perfectly” created because of the one who created it. So too, we are “perfectly” created and ours is a journey to love this gift of the self even in its perceived imperfectness, because of the one who originally created it out of Perfect Love.

Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 1John 4:7-19

Between Daylight and Darkness

Out of the believer’s heart… I recently saw an episode of Twilight Zone about a young boy and his neighbor friend, a prize fighter whose best days were behind him. When stepping into the ring his courage was intact but his faith was in shambles. He was at the point in his career here he didn’t step into the ring to win. He stepped into the ring merely to get paid. Fighting was how he made his living. So it is for many of us. At times we fight against the harsh realities of life and other times just fighting to get out of bed in the morning. The young man in the episode decided to help the faith of this fighter by making a special wish for the fighter to win. As wishes go between the daylight and darkness of the Twilight Zone, it becomes true. The only thing left is for the prize fighter to believe. Gracious God in those twilight zone moments of our own lives, let not the sun go down on our disbelief that we may rise in faith and forever proclaim your glory in our lives.

John7:37-46

Centering Prayer

Saturday’s Meditation – Galatians 5:25-6:2,9-10

If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another. Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

What Other People Want

“Live by the Spirit.” What exactly does that mean? Whenever we are asked to do something generally the first thing we want to know is, “to what benefit is that to me?” If in fact this is our first thought we are immediately thinking “in the flesh.” Already we are contradicting who we say that we are in the Spirit. The “What’s in it for me?” is a natural response but we are not called to live the natural life, but rather a supernatural one attributed by a force beyond a natural understanding. Life in the Spirit is not about wanting what other people have but rather having what other people want.

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. Gal. 5:16-24