Preparing to listen

28 Mar

Good morning,

I am so easily pulled off task.  Yesterday even though I began this blog, I didn’t finish.  Although I now have bulletins for tomorrow morning at both churches, tomorrow night’s hymn sing and Holy Thursday service. Yeah!

The scripture lesson points to a tradition that we should consider more in our lives.  A time of prayer and fasting before a decision is made about mission and ministry.

Friday,  The inauguration of the gentile mission        Acts: 13:1-3

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the ruler, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

It is a great way to make decisions.  I think of how often we run ahead with our ideas and hope that is works.  Are we afraid that we can not discern the voice of God?  Do we convince ourselves that what we are doing is “God’s will” when we rarely quiet our own minds to listen.

In the reading for today the church is continuing to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.  In some towns people try to kill them, but they preserve and some people come to believe in the power of God’s grace.

Saturday,  The appointment of elders in the churches  Acts: 14:21-23.

21 After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, then on to Iconium and Antioch. 22 There they strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “It is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.” 23 And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.

I think even to be intentional enough focus our lives on God in each moment of our lives is a type of fasting.  To lean only on the prompting on God.  To find the balance of God’s living presence is to find strength for our lives.   Peace

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