Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Morning Bell

My friend, Ian Adams, is an Abbott in Oxford, England. He has a daily e-mail he's been doing called "Morning Bell." During the season of Epiphany, he's collected the thoughts and ideas of various theologians and shared his insight with me as a call to deeper spirituality. Today's really impacted me and I want to share it with you.

Metropolitan Anthony says: "we are a great deal more absent than God is."

See your prayer today as simply being present to God; who is closer than we can imagine.

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh [1914-2003] was the Archbishop of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchal Church in Great Britain and Ireland. To read more on Metropolitan Anthony, you can go here: http://www.metropolit-anthony.orc.ru/eng/

More about Ian: http://ianadams.info/Site/Welcome.html
Ian's Faith Community: http://www.maybe.org.uk

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Only Necessary Resolution

     Has it really been that long since I posted?  WOW!  The flu really kicked my butt for the last half of December into the first week of January.  I didn't really get over it until about 4 days ago.  Everything during that time is kinda a blur.

     Anywho, I'm excited about the new year.  I'm usually not a resolution person, so the New Year just brings a sense of anticipation for me.  But this new year was a little different.  I started contemplating what I could do differently.  I even thought it would be a good idea to see what the Scriptures suggest I do differently.  Boy, there's a lot!  But the more I began to dig, the more I realized that the changes I'd make are ones that God has to make...  It seemed pointless to me to make a resolution to do God's job for Him!  So, I really began to dig in for my part.  What can I really do?  I came across a Scripture I'd read before, but it jumped at me this time.  The Scripture is John 6: 28-29.  Some folks have come to Jesus and basically asked about making a resolution that would please God.  28Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"   29Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."  When you couple that with Galatians 5: 22-23, Philippians 1:6, 2 Cor. 5:17, Galatians 6:15 it becomes clear that every area of my life that could be better would be better if I'd just let God be God to me in that area.  If I would simply allow my belief in the one God has sent to consume my need to be my own deity, then those areas that need "resolution" would be resolved!  So, I made one resolution this year.  I will believe.  I will believe more, more passionately, more consumingly, more deeply.  I am resolved to believe!