If you’re one of the 2,250,000 people who’ve seen this, I apologize for my iRedundancy. If you’re not, The Merry Monk of Funk tipped me off to this and I had to share.
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November Mobile MonkCast Archive
11.30.09 – Thanksgiving Chat with Ben
11.23.09 – Getting My Ass in Gear
11.15.09 – Heaven’s Grocer
11.11.09 – The Merry Monk & Chemical Erik
11.10.09 – Hangin’ With Ben
11.09.09 – Whip It!
11.05.09 – All You Need is Love
11.02.09 – The Rule of Sex
I woke the morning of the day after Thanksgiving to watch the sun rise. As I watched its slow ascent, I asked our Father, “What are you saying in this vision before me?”
Then I remembered my prayer before the Thanksgiving meal (if you work for a “religious” organization you always get pegged to pray at these occasions). As our family gathered around the kitchen, I was moved to thank God for the sun and the earth and the sky and the rain and the plants and the animals and all of the people who made the meal before us possible. I thanked him for my family and the call to his table. Then I asked for a sense of his joyful presence as we ate and that he bless the food.
As soon as I remembered that prayer, I believe I got the answer to my request to see a word from God. The sun climbed above the horizon.
“I heard your giving of thanks son…and you’re welcome. I Am, and always will be faithful. I will continue to make the sun rise and I will continue to provide for your family. Remember, you are always welcome at my table.”
Matthew 5:45 “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Lamentations 3:21-23 “This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
Luke 12:32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Watching Words posts document my attempt to “hear” God by paying attention to reality. The idea behind this spiritual experiment is that, in the Biblical narrative of creation God said, “Let there be…”, and there it was. So, we’re essentially God’s words walking around in God’s words. All of creation is something he said, and if you want to hear his voice, watch his words.
“The fearsome blessing of that hard time continues to work itself out in my life in the same way we’re told the universe is still hurtling through outer space under the impact of the great cosmic explosion that brought it into being in the first place. I think grace sometimes explodes into our lives like that–sending our pain, terror, astonishment hurtling through inner space until by grace they become Orion, Cassiopeia, Polaris to give us our bearings, to bring us into something like full being at last.”
- Frederick Buechner
“Father God, I come to You seeking the depth of Your affirmation at the level for which it is intended. I avail to You, with the Holy Spirit’s help, the deep-seated dread and fear and anxiety that have pervaded my entire life. Envelope me with Your loving Presence. Name me as Your beloved. Clothe me with Your care, and drive out the doubt and despair wrought in me by sin and deprivation. Fill me instead with Your peace and Your love for me. Through Your Spirit in me, I take authority over fear, rebellion and self-pity, and turn from them. I also turn from my narcissism/self-hatred and renounce the image I have postured before others in order to be loved. That is false love, and I reject it. Replace it, Heavenly Father, with Your true love for me. I love You.”
- Andrew Comiskey