Welcome Space

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In church tonight, I spent more time thinking about space. Spiritual Space. What fills our spiritual space?

I was reminded of one of our praise and worship songs, “Holy Spirit You are welcome here….”

When we sing the song, I immediately think of welcoming God’s Holy Spirit in our building but during my prayer time, God wanted me to  “get” that “here” is in the depths of our hearts.

My prayer for tonight is to welcome God’s Holy Spirit into the depths of our hearts. For healing. For recovery. For whole-ness. For peace. For love. For forgiveness. For acceptance.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all time and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”

– 2 Thessalonians 3: 16

Spiritual Space

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During my talk with God this week we seemed to be more visual than verbal which was interesting. Our focus was about relationship and space.

I believe God wants me to see if I make less space for Him in my life there is less time for relationship. The same is true with our relationships with one another. I believe the two are connected. I know it seems so obvious but it is the obvious I sometimes lose sight of.

The more space we allow to develop in our relationships,

the

less

time

we

will

have.

The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”

– Mother Teresa

Prayer Places

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Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.”

– Matthew 14: 22-23

The above verse follows the scriptures of Jesus feeding the crowds with the loaves of bread and fish.

I don’t often think of Jesus being alone.

So many scriptures of him surrounded by people…his messages…his healings and all of his travels.

I am thankful for the verse above as it reminds us that we can find a place to pray. It might not be a mountainside. Actually, it can be anywhere. My prayer is for us to talk with God about finding those special prayer places.

Thank you for being here and for sharing God’s love and grace as a gentle witness to those in need.

Incremental Faith Steps

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This week, I wanted to be further along than I am, if that makes any sense. Kind of like standing on the east coast and wanting to be or expecting to be California.

One of my talks with God was about this process. God reminded me of the parables and how they would build on one another. Reminded of how, as Jesus continued His ministry, His message became deeper and delivered with more urgency.

God whispered, “It’s ok.”

And then whispered “incremental faith.” Which to me, represents the process of our walk of faith. There are going to be some weeks like this where I feel I should know more than I know. As I step back and think about this, I know and trust that God when says “it’s ok.”…it really is.

What to do? For me, it is a simple answer: more time in prayer, more time in scripture and allow the building of my faith to continue.

My prayer for us is to talk with God about where we are on our walk of faith and where He would like us to be. Ask God to help us understand that when we do feel stuck, it is really an opportunity to spend more time with Him in whatever that place may be.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

– Mother Teresa

Hour Glass Man

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The hour-glass man

carefully drops

the final grain of sand

to complete the miniature mountain

Separates and counts

each for each

Something he has always done

Something he will always do

It is all the time he has.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

– Galatians 6: 9

 

Sliding Sinners And Saints

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Smooth like silk from sinners and saints sliding all those years. Each worn pew with stories to tell. Sliding closer to one another and hopefully to God. Sunday after Sunday.

Empty church, silent rows of pews. First smile, first hand hold, first stolen sacred kiss. Sunday stories of weddings a’ vowed and final good byes to those taken too soon.

Prayers lifted up, spirituals sung. One day, all done.

One day, all done.

Oh Me Of Little Faith

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I have attended the early service for several years but this evening, I missed it. I was going to skip the second service and came up with my usual excuses: I can watch online…I can read the sermon notes later in the week. Then, God whispered:

“Just go look around”

You never know what will happen when we are obedient to God. Here is my worship experience:

“Soothing spirit abounds

Praise and worship music

Surrounds

Prayers over us

Receive His next revealed

Steps

On lighted paths

Of Love and grace

Ahead