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Is There Something You Want to Say, God?

There are times when it seems that God isn’t really subtle.  Oh, I have never seen handwriting on the wall (other than that time when our children wanted to do artwork!!)  I’ve never been struck blind on the road to Damascus, even though I did have that little bout with Neuromyelitis optica.  But still, there are times when God seems to go out of God’s way to speak a word.

It has happened over the past 24 hours.  I was driving to the office on Saturday to finish my sermon (OK, to start the sermon!) I was thinking about what I was going to do, how I was going to get it started, when my attention was caught by a song on the radio.  Apparently it has been out for a while, but I have been in Bali, so it was new to me.  I got to the office and quickly went to YouTube to see this thing that had come to pass.  Here is what I saw.  (Please ignore the ad.  I don’t know how to eliminate it!)

Then we came into worship this morning at 9:00.  We had put the service together several weeks ago.  I had typed the songs titles into the worship planning sheet–but to be honest I really didn’t look at the words.  I normally do, but this time I didn’t!  So imagine my wonder when I heard the congregation sing…

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.  And the waves they shall not overcome you.  Do not fear, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name and you are mine…I am the Lord…Do not fear.”

The text today dealt with a woman who was afflicted by a spirit that crippled her.  I can’t help but wonder if the spirit that so often afflicts us…oh, lets be honest…afflicts me is the spirit of fear.

So God hits me across the head to say, “Do not fear…I want to see you be brave!”

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A Morning Blessing

Each morning I read through my email, check Facebook, read several papers.  It is a part of my morning liturgy–the way I say hello to the day, the way the day says hello to me.  Sometimes it is filled with joy, at other times just pain and questions.  It is filled with life.  This morning I received a gift from Pam Durso and Baptist Women in Ministry.  As a part of her “letter” she shared a blessing she has been reading, one that may make my mornings as well.

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It made me remember the numerous offerings we saw in Bali, tangible reminders to all who stepped over them, smelled them, saw them, that God was present.  I pray that this prayer might do the same for us–make us aware of how God-filled our world and our work might be.

from John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings.

May the light of your soul bless your work with love and warmth of heart.

May you see in what you do the beauty of your soul.

May the sacredness of your work bring light and renewal to those who work with you and those who see and receive your work.

May your work never exhaust you.

May it release wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration, and excitement.

May you never become lost in bland absences.

May the day never burden.

May dawn find hope in your heart, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities, and promises.

May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.

May you go into the night blessed, sheltered, and protected.

May your soul calm, console, and renew you.

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August 20, 2013 · 12:57 pm