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.

  1. Why do we spend our money for what fails to satisfy? The first reading asks us this question. We do it all the time though? What was the last thing you bought that really gave you a sense of fulfillment?
  2. What does it mean to conquer overwhelming as the letter to the Romans states? And what do we conquer? Does it have to do with getting all our bills paid? With God’s help – sure! Does it also have to do with conquering fear? Or conquering a grudge?
  3. ”All ate and were satisfied,” the Gospel tells us. Jesus satisfied the crowd with the loaves and fishes. How does he satisfy his people today? Do you believe he CAN and WILL?
  4. Self-knowledge is very important in coming to know the Lord. Any insights from this week into what makes you tick?
  5. Did you have time for prayer this past week? Was it a good experience? How did it make you feel?
  6. 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.