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Psalm 142With Full Voice

Monday, September 25, 2017

We are always petitioning God, and that is as it should be.  By placing our petitions before God, we demonstrate that we understand our true relationship with the creator.  By asking Jesus to show us the way, we demonstrate that we understand him as a model for our own behavior.  By seeking wisdom from the Spirit, we demonstrate that we understand that true wisdom comes from God.

When we ask all of these things, how do we ask?  In tiny whispers?

When we ask all of these things, why do we ask? In order to complain?

When we ask all of these things, when do we ask?  Only when we have gotten beyond our limits?

God expects us to petition him constantly . . . with full voice . . . with our hopes, our fears, our impossibilities and our joys.  And he expects us to call out to him with full voice.

A Favorite from September 17, 2010.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 – Luke 6:12-16 – Going Out to the Mountain

Written on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2010 and posted today as a Favorite . . .

Now during those days, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray . . .

This is something to linger with as we begin the season of Lent today, a season in which we traditionally spend much quiet time reflecting on how we might change the way in which we approach life.  On Ash Wednesday, Christians mark their foreheads with the ashes from the previous year’s palms as a sign of their willingness to examine themselves and their habits.  Today in our school prayer service we began to look at this season as a pilgrimage we choose to make much like the one made by one of our fellow teachers last summer in northern Spain, the Camino de Santiago.  As pilgrims move along the specified route they must look for kilometer markers and yellow arrows that point the way and designate distance.  As we watched the video that documented her journey, we could see that some Santiago markers – and the roadway – were obvious and easy to follow.  At other times however, the arrows were barely visible and the path bifurcated, creating doubt about which course was the proper one to follow. 

The Camino de Santiago winds through forests and fields, it scuttles alongside and across streams, it climbs hills and falls into valleys, it twists through back yards and front yards.  Cows, horses, cats, dogs and sheep greet pilgrims; wild flowers and stands of tall trees appear as signs of God’s presence for those who are willing to see them.  And all the while the pilgrim relies not only on the markers for guidance but also on the people who play and work along the way.  The pilgrim must trust God, must trust those who live along the route and know its intricacies, and ultimately the pilgrim trusts his or her instincts to determine the way ahead.  This way is often confusing for sometimes the path is invisible . . . just as in life.

Los caminos de Santiago

In Jesus’ time, the Jewish people made an annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem during the Passover season to atone, to worship and to reconnect with God.  It was on one of these journeys that Jesus’ family inadvertently left him behind in the temple.  In today’s Noontime we watch Jesus make a small pilgrimage to the mountain to spend time with God before he chooses the twelve who will journey with him to his own crucifixion and resurrection.  We see Jesus ask for and then take counsel – just as any of us must – when he understands that the way ahead will be difficult and unclear.  

Even the Christ who is divine knows that he must connect with the creator before moving forward.  Even Jesus, the son of the divine, understands that he must go out to the mountain – a traditional place where one meets God – to petition and receive grace for the journey and food for the road. 

As we enter into Lent today, let us determine to out to the mountain before we begin our homeward passage.  Let us examine what we will want to change and how.  And let us rely on God alone to provide us with guiding markers in a world full of paths that twist and turn into the unknown.

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