As Paul tells in his letter to the Philippians, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer with joy.” On my wall in my office, I have a board that I created with the word on it: Pray. Hung to the board are photos, and names of people in my life I want to pray for...family, friends, photos from church events, etc. I also have on there, a notecard that someone gave me that is a photos of our sanctuary. It is my visual reminder to pray for our congregation, for each and every individual who enter into our doors. Many of us live lives where we are constantly bombarded with information, from the newspapers, websites, and books we read and the TV and movies we watch we often forget to be still and listen for God’s Word. We also live in a place where so many tragic things happen to us, our loved ones and in our world, the pains of grief tug at our hearts. In times of trial, in times of joy, in times of discernment, and
times of clarity, we are called to pray. We are called to pray on behalf of others who are not able to pray, to pray with one another, and to pray for ourselves. Fredrick Buechner wrote in his book, “Now and Then” this amazing quote on our call to prayer:
“BECAUSE THE WORD that God speaks to us is always an incarnate word — a word spelled out to us not alphabetically, in syllables, but enigmatically, in events, even in the books we read and the movies we see — the chances are we will never get it just right. We are so used to hearing what we want to hear and remaining deaf to what it would be well for us to hear that it is hard to break the habit. But if we keep our hearts and minds open as well as our ears, if we listen with patience and hope, if we remember at all deeply and honestly, then I think we come to recognize, beyond all doubt, that, however faintly we may hear him, he is indeed speaking to us, and that, however little we may understand of it, his word to each of us is both recoverable and precious beyond telling. In that sense autobiography becomes a way of praying. “
My prayer for you today is that we are able to be still amidst the chaos of live, to hear the Word of God present and alive in the center of our lives.