Today millions of people will be looking up (and i hope they are wearing the appropriate glasses) to view the solar eclipse. I must confess that I too am excited and want to see the eclipse and as I was walking to the mailbox I caught myself looking up. Thankfully it's overcast here in North East FL. and you cannot see the sun or my eyes would probably still be burning. It was in this moment that I had the thought, Wow, just think if all of us were looking up to the Lord, gazing upwards at God's glory in a posture of adoration. Then as they often do my thoughts run on and I wondered how many people look up when they pray? When was the last time you considered your prayer posture?
In Church we hear, "Let us pray" and we bow our heads to pray, usually with eyes closed.
Standing. Hands up and opened (also called the orans position- one of the oldest), or standing with hands clasped. This form traditionally represents penitential, submissive, intercessory prayer. Also, standing while looking up in prayer shows confidence.
Kneeling. We all probably grew up using this form of bedside prayer. This posture first represented prayers for repentance or supplication.
Prostrate. Laying face down one's belly with eyes closed. This posture demonstrates humility and a sense of desperation.
Sitting. Head bowed, eyes closed. (I've read that this form of prayer wasn't common until after the advent of pews).
The most important thing is to pray. What a gift! The ability to communicate with our heavenly Father.
May God find you in whatever posture of prayer you are drawn to and as always may the grace of God be sufficient for all of your needs.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened, or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." JOSHUA 1:9
So it's been a while since my last post. My family and I have found ourselves in a time of transition. We were led by God's divine grace to serve a new Church--Middleburg UMC in Middleburg, Florida. As you can imagine this a great time for exploring new possibilities, making new friends, building new relationships, serving a new community, starting a new school, preaching to new people...But as you may have experienced times of transition can also be scary, challenging, and stressful.
As I began my time serving M.U.M.C I preached a four week sermon series out of the book of Joshua. Joshua was an obedient, strong, (mostly) faithful leader who knew what it meant to trust in the LORD. When one looks to the life lessons of Joshua it becomes evident that it's best to look at the possibilities and not the problems (or the opportunities and not the obstacles); to step out in faith, recognize the power of being a united people for change is inevitable.
From the very beginning of our life with God, God has graciously offered relationship and desired for us to be a community who lives by faith, are known by love--(blessed to bless others), and offer voices of hope. We find God to be faithful, loving, and merciful in dealing with us and these same traits are to be naturally embodied by God's people. As I look back over my journey thus far I have found God to faithful, loving, and GOOD.
Would you trust God today? Life happens. Change is inevitable. Whatever you may going through know that God in Christ loves you. God has been and will continue to be faithful, gracious, and loving. Know this truth with your mind but also live it out with your life, by your actions demonstrate for the world who our God is. Follow where God leads
For further study:
Numbers 13:1-3 and Numbers 13:26-14:9
Joshua 3:1-17; 6:1-20
Joshua 7:1-15; 7:16-26
Joshua 24:1-18; 24:22-33