Wednesday, February 1, 2012

.Intimately Connected.

"If we are silent,
who will take control?
God will take control,
but we will never let Him take control
until we trust Him.
Silence is intimately connected to trust."

-Richard Foster,
Celebration of Discipline

According to an author I trust
two things which are both difficult for me,
are intimately connected.
Worth thinking about.

1 comment:

Cass said...

I love reading your snippets and reflections. I'm so bad at reading devotionals and contemplative books, but appreciate when I hear them from others.

I instantly thought of the song "Silence of God" by Andrew Peterson. That turns the dynamic around, because it addresses God's silence rather than our own, but I think those times are also necessary for building our trust with God. We may not see/hear God, but He is still there.

It's a little bit like stepping out of the boat and walking on water. Our mind tells us it isn't possible— how can we know God exists without either us talking to Him or Him talking to us?—and yet it is possible and true.

/end ramble

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As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.