Catching Up

9 Mar

Good Morning,

It almost feels warm here this morning.

Yesterday was the first time I have lead worship at my church on the hill for three weeks.  I was wonderful to see everyone again and we finally began the Celebration of Discipline study.   Our lesson was an overview of the Inward, Outward, and Corporate Disciplines that will be a part of our study.

The DVD and discussion centered around the discipline’s ability to form our lives, so that they can be conformed to God’s word and transformed by the movement of the spirit.  Richard Foster emphasized that legalism was deadly to the work of spiritual discipline.  These disciplines are not boxes to be check off, but a life to be engaged honestly and openly.

Our Inward Discipline this week is Meditation.    I am already behind in sending you the scriptures, but here they are for yesterday and today.

Sunday, The glory of meditation

Exodus 24:15-18

15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.16 The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. 17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. 18 Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

The Hebrew Scripture tell us that Moses who was a great and wise leader of God’s people.  What would our leaders be like if they spent over a month intentionally in the presence of God??  What would we be like if we did the same??  In my life, to purposely court the presence of the Divine is to be transformed.  I have had little strides in my life into the deepness of a life in God, that I know that even more would be wonderful.

Monday, The friendship of meditation

Exodus 33:11

11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then he would return to the camp; but his young assistant, Joshua son of Nun, would not leave the tent.

Repented seeking of God’s presence draws us into relationship.  As a Christian I am more comfortable with the idea of Jesus as my friend, but even here, the people of God see that relationship for those who commit their whole lives to God; for God makes their lives holy.

So, our week of meditation begins.  For me this is stillness and listening before God.  As you read slowly through the scripture, bow in silence, let the words of the texts and the tender of God fill your being.  There is such a sweetness to the presence of the Divine.  Peace

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