PRAY! PRAY! and PRAY!
I was talking about my need to write this month’s blog with a dear friend and the fact that I am so late in writing it prompted me to ask him to write something for me. He accepted the invitation and sent me short thoughts he wrote titled: “Prayer with Persistence.”
If you would sit around my family’s table you would know that one of our favorite conversation topics is about living Jesus in our daily rhythms of life. And if you know me at all, you know that I always emphasize the importance of praying with Scriptures––or, in other words, praying God’s promises. So, yet again, I thought we could talk about prayer.
PRAY! Oh, that sounds so simplistic and basic, doesn’t it? Ever-so-many books have been written that teach us to pray. A “zillion” sermons have laid out for us the techniques of prayer. But when it comes to actually praying, when we are broken and hurting a lot, when our lives need to be rebuilt… effective prayer becomes key in determining a desirable outcome. Prayer is foundational to our human existence.
I need to open a parenthesis here because my grandson just nicely interrupted me with a question:
According to the Orthodox Christian calendar, we are smack in the middle of the last week of a season known as the Great Lent.
In the art of spiritual direction, we talk about sitting with a person so that we can take “a long, loving look at the Real.” (Walter Burkhardt) Lent is about taking that loving look at our life in relationship to, in, and with the Real – who is Jesus Christ.
This time, I would like to extend to all of you an invitation to join me in “sitting with Jesus” through the spiritual disciple of self-denial.
Looking Past The Mirror - Part II
And the best part yet? —Part II of “Looking in The Mirror.”
I hope you enjoy it as much, or more, as you enjoyed the first one.
But before I unpack the comforting promise from Jesus, found in Matthew 11:28-30, let me review what prompted me to write about it in the first place.
In last month’s blog, I raised the question, “Have you ever had a lot of trouble with the person you see in the mirror every day?” I talked about Paul’s words to the Romans (7:19), and I asked, who among us has not worried over “doing those things we ought not to have done and leaving undone those things we ought to have done?”
Looking In The Mirror - Part I
Have you ever had a lot of trouble with the person you see in the mirror every day? I think theologically about everything. It is in my nature! So, when that happens to me, I think about the apostle Paul’s words to the Romans (7:19), and I ask, who among us has not worried over “doing those things we ought not to have done and leaving undone those things we ought to have done?” I know exactly what it is like to wage an inner war within myself and I, at times, do not do the thing I ought to do.
It is not unusual for us, humans, to go for instant gratification to merely satisfy our desires and, more times than not, regret the outcome.
A Storybook Wedding
Can you believe this is almost the end of January? Wow! It feels like popping the champagne bottle to celebrate the New Year just happened yesterday.
In this month’s blog I share with you my latest blessing. My baby girl just got married! The most beautiful wedding! You probably have an idea how much weddings cost. This one cost a tiny fraction of a regular wedding and yet, in the words of my mom Irene, we had “a storybook wedding.”