Reaching others means
I can risk shouting life
into the well…
The well of my own death and Resurrection…
whatever hellish face of humanity arises is the very face of God.
God still speaks!
A prayer challenge from Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball to the
West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
excerpted from Bishop Steiner Ball’s sermon on 10/13/12
“West Virginia and Garrett County members of the West Virginia Conference I am challenging you to join me in intentionally building that God connection. While most of us have morning or evening daily devotions, I am inviting you into something different.
Every day at or around noon we either think about or take a lunch break. So here is my challenge: Join me at lunch time in conversation/prayer with God.
Ask these two questions:
Where have I seen Christ at work in the last 24 hours and in what ways can I or the church partner with or support that work?
In the last 24 hours where has God been at work and I missed it, walked right by, failed to hear God’s voice, failed to turn aside?
And end that prayer time by asking God to give you the eyes of Christ, the ears of Christ, and the courage of Christ to risk faithful acts and actions in this world.
If you have 15 minutes for lunch – whether you eat or not – try to stop and pray on these things for at least 1 to 2 minutes. If you have 30 minutes – then try at least 2 to 3 minutes, if you have an hour, try to pray on these things for 5 to 6 minutes. Prayer is powerful and to practice this communally will put each of us and our congregation more in touch with God’s will and action, and we will be better able to hear God’s voice.”
God still speaks!
This is a challenge I intend to take up from our Bishop! Will you join me??