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Eyes Wide Shut
When I was a child my mother would call my name and if it was something I didn't want to do, I pretended I didn't hear her.
There were times she would give me advice, I could see clearly what she was talking about but I made an excuse for what "I" wanted to do or ignored her wisdom.
Today, we are at times the same way in that we pray and ask God what we should do or how we are to proceed in a matter. When He answers, we pretend we didn't hear Him or have our eyes opened wide shut running into a burning hut. Afterwards, we find ourselves in a 911 situation.
Father, we come before You this morning asking You to forgive us for disregarding Your answer because it was not the answer we had hoped for or the one we wanted to hear. You not only know what this moment in time holds but also our future -- Your plan is to prosper us and give us hope. Please keep Your corrective hand on us that we might not sin against You. Help us to pray about everything and be obedient to Your answer in all things. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?" Luke 6:46
Meditation and prayer are ways to clear away that which separates us from the voice of God. There are many forms of prayer and meditation processes that help to remove us from the frenzy of the world, chanting is one of the forms that can remove us from that which separates us from the Creator. Each person has the ability within themselves to find a way to step away from the world and be present with the Lord hearing the voice that guides us toward eternal serenity and peace. Try different forms of pray and meditation until you find one that speaks to you and allows you to transcend to oneness with the Creator of all things.
September 26-October 2, 2016
"We've Gotta Have Faith"
St. Peter UCC 168th Anniversary Celebration
The focal scriptures for this week are Psalm 137, Lamentations 3:19-26 and Luke 17:5-10.
The reading from Psalm 113 this week is a praise from the people to YWHW. They have come to realize that the riches of the earth are nothing compared to that which the Lord can supply. At every turn when faith was placed in the Creator the people were protected, blessed and multiplied as God had promised. When we trust in the Lord nothing is impossible...it is time that we call upon the Lord with our hearts and souls knowing that God will surely answer if we but listen for the Creator's reply. Lean into God and know that God Is Still Speaking...
Jesus shares the parable of the wealthy landowner and the person left to oversee the landowners accounts. When called in to account for what is owed to the landowner the overseer knows that his employment will be coming to an end. Because of mismanagement the overseer scrambles to prepare for a future without the security of a job. When the accounts are called for and reconciled the overseer changes the numbers to gain favor with those who owe the landowner in hopes of securing good grace and blessings from them in a future time of need.
Upon learning of what the overseer had done the landowner congratulated the overseer for being enterprising. While the overseer may have made a way in earthly ways by making deals and creating wealth the eternal life was lost. We as humans routinely lose focus of the bigger picture by getting lost in the day to day deals of life here and now. We are called to look past that which seeks to distract us from our promised place with Christ and eternal life. Let us not lose what we were born to have by seeking the riches of this world and trampling those who would get in our way of reaching the brass ring, the crown or being above those we once called our family and friends. We are called to love our neighbor, to serve those who might never be able to repay a debt of kindness. Let us seek those who have been rejected, those who are lost, those who are called different, not worthy or cannot imagine that they too were created in the divine image of God and are loved by the Creator more than we could ever imagine. Let us look past ourselves this day to the one who would seek to be in relationship with the Lord our God now and forever.