You are Invited

Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you shining stars.  Psalm 148:3

Today you are invited to consider how you praise God. How exuberant is your praise?  Look at the stars when the sky is clear and think about their rhythm, the pulses they emit. What does that tell you about your Creator?  Consider their numbers, their distance from the earth, the length of time their light takes to reach you.  How does such consideration change your attitude towards them – and towards their Creator who holds them in the palm of His hand?  How does this affect your praise of God today?

May God bless you with an exciting glimpse of the magnitude and magnificence of creation today.

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You are Invited

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? Psalm 8:3-4

Today you are invited to consider when you last looked up at the sky and marveled at the Creator and creation.  What do you feel when you look at a rising full moon, or stars on a clear night, or storm clouds gathering, or a purple and gold sunset?  What song do you sing in your heart when you contemplate creation in its magnitude – and in its detail? Whether you live in a city or a rural environment what do you want to say to God about the creation you see around you at this very time? Pause for a moment throughout your day, look around you, and speak to God about the natural world that surrounds you in that instant.  What is He saying to you through creation today?

May God bless you with an awareness of His love and His power as you notice creation today.

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Rooted

It was the final session of the week we had worked, laughed and cried through.  I had been looking forward to it for it was entitled ‘Art and music therapy.’  Although I am a writer, I also enjoy using other parts of my mind to express my faith and so I knew it would be an enjoyable time – a relaxing time to end a demanding but fruitful week.

At first, we were invited to draw whatever emotions we felt as we listened to a moving piece of music.  If I could remember the name of it, you would agree.   It produces deep feelings of peace and beauty whenever it is played.  Well, I won’t share the drawing with you because it ended up as a page of scribbles and curly lines.  But in my mind, I had stepped off a cliff to follow God’s call into new adventures and was soaring and swooping into the unknown.  My journey was blue, but surrounding me, lifting me up when I started to fall, guiding me and celebrating with me – dancing with me – was the apricot line of the Holy Spirit.  It was a glorious spiritual journey that encouraged me to trust God with my future once again, Visually, however, unless you were in my mind, it was difficult to portray the sense of elation and freedom the music and the emotions produced.

Well, I won’t share the drawing with you because it ended up as a page of scribbles and curly lines.  But in my mind, I had stepped off a cliff to follow God’s call into new adventures and was soaring and swooping into the unknown.  My journey was blue, but surrounding me, lifting me up when I started to fall, guiding me and celebrating with me – dancing with me – was the apricot line of the Holy Spirit.  It was a glorious spiritual journey that encouraged me to trust God with my future once again, Visually, however, unless you were in my mind, it was difficult to portray the sense of elation and freedom the music and the emotions produced.

Visually, however, unless you were in my mind, it was difficult to portray the sense of elation and freedom the music and the emotions produced.

We were then invited to choose a picture from a selection that had been laid out on the floor.  Some were abstract, some of people.  My eye was drawn to a deep blue sky stretching above the arc of the earth’s horizon.  The land was gray sand, rippled by the movement of the wind, undisturbed by any footprints.  Offset from the centre of the page was a single strong stalk, floodlit by the sun’s rays, bearing a seed head heavy with grain.  I tried to reproduce it but my feeble attempts would not express the magnificence of light and colour – and life.  As I looked at it, a poem came to me.  So I thought I would share that with you instead.

I tried to reproduce it but my feeble attempts would not express the magnificence of light and colour – and life.  As I looked at it, a poem came to me.  So I thought I would share that with you instead.  Perhaps it will encourage you as it has me.

Alone,

In a desert space;

Buffeted by wind

Tracing its presence

In the sand.

But rooted firm and deep

Reaching for heaven

Illuminated by golden light,

Warmed by the sun,

Sustained by the Creator.

No visible source of food

Or water,

But evidence of its presence

In my very existence and growth.

Life – in spite of all

That is seen.

Life,

In the hands of my Creator.

As I typed this poem up this morning a question arose in my mind.  Am I the stalk?  Are you?  When we are surrounded by desert, the Source of Life is still there to sustain and nurture.

What do you think?

 

 

 

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You are Invited

… But they remained silent. Mark 3:4

Today you are invited to consider what is going on in your world that is the cause of pain or injustice.  How do you respond when you see or become aware of such things happening?  Do you speak out or do you remain silent?  Which is it easier for you to do? Why is that so? How can you make a difference when others are harmed in your neighbourhood?  Who can you tell?  What can you do?  Or will you remain silent?  What makes you come to this decision?  How does God react to your response?  What does He want you to do?  Ask Him today, expecting Him to reply, and then follow His lead.

May God bless you as you stand against any form of injustice you come across today.

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You are Invited

“My grace is sufficient for you …” 2 Corinthians 12:9

I have always read this verse with the emphasis on the word ‘grace‘.  Today you are invited to consider what this verse means to you with the emphasis on the word ‘is‘.  What difference does it make to the way you understand the verse?  What difference does it make to the way you will handle any challenge you face or the way you will live your life in the days ahead?  If you put your own name at the beginning of the sentence, how does that change the sentiment expressed? What is God saying to you today?

May God bless you with an assurance that His grace is sufficient for you today.

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You are Invited

Peter answered Him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” Matthew 19:27

Today you are invited to consider how you feel about serving God.  What happens when it is inconvenient to give up your own agenda in His service?  Do you feel resentment or joy?  Why?  Are you able to shrug off any feelings of neglect or rejection of your ministry, or do you feel guilty?  Why is that so? What is more important to you than serving God?  What do you want to say to God about these things, and how does He reply?

May God bless you with a willing spirit and joy as you serve Him today, whatever the rewards may be.

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You are Invited

I was cupbearer to the king.  Nehemiah 1:11

Today you are invited to consider the position you are holding in your service of the King of kings.  What ministry or work have you been called to undertake?  How do you feel when you do it?  What is your goal as you do this work?  How do other people respond to your calling?  How important is their opinion to you?  How important is God’s response?  Do you believe you are in partnership with God?  How does your answer make you feel?  What do you want to say to God about this ministry/work – and what does He reply?

May God bless you as you serve Him today and may He be glorified.

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