Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Still Small Voice

Kind Father

Your voice is described as still and small, a gentle whisper. (1st Kings 19:12)

Is that how your Spirit works on the conscience? Within our prayers and devotional disciplines? 

I appreciate your gentleness, but in this noisy world, have you considered surround sound with a subwoofer? A hundred decibels with thumping bass!

I'm distracted - in din and clamor - and plagued with attention deficit. 

Holy Spirit, help me to listen, to hear God's voice. 

If this isn’t a matter of volume, then it must be about filtering and discernment. About making time and being attentive to the gentle whisper. 

Give ear! Our Mighty God does not raise his voice. Amen.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sunshine of Your Love

This prayer shares its title with the classic 1968 rock song by Eric Clapton and Cream. While it's a favorite tune of my misspent youth, the inspiration for the prayer comes from Isaiah 46.

My Lord & Creator,

Help me to find and feel the sunshine on this frozen morning.

I'm feeling prematurely ancient as this long winter drags on. Crunchy joints. Stiff muscles. Caffeine and Celebrex disappoint.

Thank you for dispatching your prophet. Isaiah points me to the daylight:

Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Lord Christ, I'm seeking a measure of joy today. I realize that it's more than an emotion. Some discipline is required to find it, to be present, to participate. 

I am bringing my righteousness near, 
it is not far away;

Holy Spirit, lead me along your path - into the sunshine. Amen. 

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