|May 31, 2012||Thing|
|May 29, 2012||Don't Jump|
|May 27, 2012||Beginning|
|May 22, 2012||Light Shine|
|May 20, 2012||FROG|
|May 17, 2012||Terrifying Beauty|
|May 15, 2012||Mine, Mine, Mine|
|May 14, 2012||Shotgun Wakeup|
|May 13, 2012||Pristine|
|May 11, 2012||Hagia Sophia|
|May 10, 2012||Call on Faith|
|May 6, 2012||Wolfie|
|May 2, 2012||Crying Out for Peace|
Title: Practice, Practice, Practice
Date: May 10, 2013
One – The Reverend Barbara Brown Taylor wrote that one of the Hebrew words for a righteous person suggests, “one whose aim is true.” This gives an image of righteousness as target practice. Whether her arrow finds its mark or misses, a daily practice of relationship with God, and with neighbor, improves our aim.
Barbara Brown Taylor knows that she will miss her target and will sin, as we all do, but that’s not her aim. Her aim is to practice living as she believes God wants her to live. Thomas Merton famously prayed, “I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You.”
Two – The third century Christian mystic, Syncletica of Alexandria said, “In the beginning, there is struggle and a lot of work for those who come near to God. But after that, there is ineffable joy. It is just like building a fire: at first it’s smoky and your eyes water, but later you get the desired result. It is written, ‘Our God is a consuming fire’. Thus we ought to light the divine fire within ourselves with tears and effort.”
Three – To get good at God takes effort, intention, practice, desire, and God’s good grace. The result is a heart on fire with indescribable joy, if only for one most memorable, unspeakable moment of all.
God is above, below, inside, outside and in between. God is now. Always now. Practice merely makes us remember that God is now.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, be with us in every way that we might be with You every day. Amen.
Here’s a Thought: Seek God now.