Soul Rain ... Kelli Sorg

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No Idea Where I’m Going

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My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going,
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton

There is a river

Rain in NC
THE TRUMPET by BILL BURNS:
There is a river that flows from My throne to you.  It’s flowing into you even now, in this moment, to strengthen you, to heal you, to bring My presence to you.  It comes as a spiritual rain from time to time. It falls upon you to strengthen you. It comes to anoint you.  Ask for the rain in the season of the rain. Let the river come to you and refresh you.  Let it anoint and heal you.  Let it bring you forth into My purposes, and let there be an increase of it in these days, says the Lord God Almighty.
SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:
Many of you, My people, are still skimming the surface.  You have a form of godliness through religious exercise, but you have not developed relationship with Me in the Spirit.  It is time for you to dig in, get connected, and find the place of spiritual truth and the actual flow of the Spirit, says the Lord.  2 Timothy 3:5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.      
 
Small Straws website:  http://ft111.com/

Evening Prayers

June 12, 2016

Tonight, as we live in the reality of our own and other people’s pain, let us stand in the place of connection with God and each other. I am praying these prayers over each of you tonight: my family, my friends and our weary and broken world. Kyrie eleison, Christ have mercy. Send us your peace.  Come, Lord Jesus.

StFrancis

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

 

Phos hilaron (O Gracious Light)

O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.

Grace #renovare #nccumc

Love... by Tiziano Giumelli

 

Twentieth-century Presbyterian theologian and writer Frederick Buechner has written,

“The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It’s for you I created the universe. I love you. There’s only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you’ll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.”

From Common Prayer

Monday Morning Mindset – Thanksgiving, grace and creativity

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Whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything takes away from it. Ecclesiastes 3:14

Kelli: A new idea for me, a creative outpouring expressed in words, music or wool is not original to me. It is the uncovering of beauty that Holy Love has already created. This beauty has been disguised by human blindness and broken-ness. Working though my intentional will and gratitude, Holy Love manifests itself and makes itself more fully known. It is in this creative partnership with Holy Love that I find myself seeing more clearly and being more clearly seen.

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. – Michelangelo

Kelli: Our connection to Holy Love helps us clear away the sin and sadness in our lives. This creative connection must be intentional so that what doesn’t belong in our lives and our efforts can be removed. We must mean to do it. We must resolve to be connected to the Divine, to speak God’s name in public, even sometimes, according to St. Francis, to use words.

Intentional gratitude is a name for this practice. Remembering to be thankful isn’t simply an American holiday that has turned into a retail nightmare. Intentional gratitude is living holy days throughout our lives, seeking the sacred in the ordinary, being grateful for grace and trusting the Creator behind the created. Being grateful for grace means just doing the next right thing – having the wisdom to know what that is and the courage to attempt it.

“I will praise you in this storm,” says the song.

“Peace, be still,” calls Jesus to the winds and the waves and our beleaguered hearts hear him and find hope.

Psalm 65: 7 – “who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of the waves and the turmoil of the nations” (NIV)
Psalm 65:7 – “muzzler of sea storm and wave crash, of mobs in noisy riot” (MSG)

The Psalmist looks around in Israel and points for ward to Jesus. We look around in 21st century culture and praise God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit as an act of spiritual obedience. In the mystery of connection, commitment and creativity, we find comfort for our souls even in the midst of the storm.

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