The Lord’s Day
Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is to be a day of rest and renewal. We all know that is easier said than done. This posting focuses on the renewal part more than the resting part given our hectic lifestyles. I directed a middle school camp for seventeen years. One of the basic elements of the camp was called “processing.” This was an effort to get the kids to “connect the dots” in their lives. Asking questions like, “How does climbing this wall remind you of difficulties in school, or your relationships, or your home life?” We tried to get them to learn life lessons through making connections. And we added the God-element as well. “How is your relationship with God like shooting a bow and arrow?” If they could find God in their camp experiences, they had a better chance of finding him in their lives back home. As adults, if we do not process our daily experiences, how will we ever hope to find the hand of a loving God directing a beautiful plan for our lives? We have to connect the dots. When we do this, we will find more peace of mind and therefore more rest and renewal. Why? Because there is a plan for our lives and it is unfolding. We can work with that plan or work against it. This posting will consist of provoking/processing questions. I pray it helps.
- The First Christians got along so well together. There were difficulties for sure and they worked through them with the grace of the Holy Spirit. What would it take to get back to such love of one another?
- Most of us are due a stimulus check. What should be more exciting is the inheritance we are due. The Holy Spirit is the first installment of that inheritance. Have you ever inherited anything? How did it feel?
- The Second Sunday of Easter always gives us the story Thomas and his doubts. Everyone can identify with Thomas in some way. What doubts did you use to have that the Lord has dispelled?
- Self-knowledge is very important in coming to know the Lord. Any insights from this week into what makes you tick?
- Did you have time for prayer this past week? Was it a good experience? How did it make you feel?
- You don’t have to answer these questions. They are simply meant to provoke reflection in hopes that connecting some of the dots will bring peace of mind.