"abide in me as I abide in you..." John 15:4
I have been praying the hours this week, missing a few but generally on track. I have been reading Philippians and really attempting to let it sink in and learn something from it. In a classically modern way of thought I am immediately bugged by the contradiction. Paul says to work out our faith with fear and trembling and then says its God who does it all anyway. So which is it? I’m sure there are shelves full of books in Christian bookstores trying to address this tension. But what is interesting is I think he is not speaking to one person, but to this whole group of people, saying work it out together!...together take on this effort of always doing the next right thing. So I’m sitting in that tension for a while, trying to become comfortable with it. I hope you guys are ok, Im praying for you...really.
Thanks to Beth, I set my alarm this morning and was deligent about getting my butt out of bed at 6 am to spend time with God. I returned to an old study of the Old Testament where I was guided again to the tower of Babel and to Abrahms calling. Few things stuck out at me--first, Kevin is really living the word! God definitely requires us to leave our comfort zones to follow our calling. And I wonder what that means for me in my life right now. I am feeling called to be dedicated to youth--I will let what that means for my life soak in for a while and not do anything rash but I finally understand that tug. I understand the tension too! The other thing that really stuck out to me today was that God will perform His will (Beth sound familiar?) He may change the process or the person but He will not change the plan...
I did the Hours yesterday and began with them this morning. I'm enjoying the lectionary so much. I'm reading texts that I don't tend to read very often and it's good for me.
So, I am continuing in my Old Testament study. I have missed most all the Sunday services since I am with the kids so I am studying on my own. I am behind. I am loving it though. I have always read my Bible but in pieces. I love how the OT foreshadows all of the new testament. I love how I am able to connect the stories. I am really enjoying this time I have each morning to hear God speak to me.
I did the BCP hours today and had a really rich time in the word. Hosea, especially, is just beautifullly written. I'm with you, Sara, the Old Testament is such a deep well which we draw from so infrequently. That's part of why I love the lectionary, which is part of the morning office in the BCP - I'm reading sections from the OT and Psalms every day. Here's a great passage from today's reading that does exactly what you are talking about by foreshadowing Jesus' resurrection...incredible! Hosea 6:1-3"Come, let us return to the LORD; for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck down, and he will bind us up. After twodays he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know, let us press on to know the LORD; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth.
I've been sitting in Romans chapter 12 this week. It's been good. I'm praying over my kids in depth this week and two of the three passages ended up in Romans
I have to apologize for not getting on here very often. Actually I do read your entries, but talk myself out of writing because I have to go through the whole process of signing up for an account each time. Anyway, know that I continue to meet w/ God and read through the OT & NT every morning. I'm in Leviticus (interesting!) and Luke (my favorite gospel) right now. God has been so faithful to meet me exactly where I am each day, which seems like on a roller coaster lately. I would ask for prayer: Karen dela. & I are having our first Compassion Ministry meeting on Sunday after church with the people who volunteered to be representatives from their community groups. Please pray that we could effectively share our vision and their responsibilities, and that they would be enthusiastic about how God can use their groups to impact our community. Also, I would covet your prayers for me personally as I get ready for this meeting, and then deal with all the details of getting ready to go to Rome next weekend and all the details of leaving Marty, Matthew & Sam behind. Thanks! Wouldn't want to be doing any of this life stuff without you all!
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