Holy TensionNew Every Morning | May 7, 2021
When I think I have the answers, it is much harder for me to experience God’s presence. I’m not looking for God because I already have it figured out, or I at least think I do. But when there is no right answer, I am forced back into curiosity. Tension and paradox invite us into wonder and humility, which help us to be more receptive to God’s presence.
—Lauren Burdette, This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood as Spiritual Practice (Upper Room Books, 2019)
What holy tensions are you holding? What is it like to bear these paradoxes? Join the conversation.
Therefore, as God’s choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
—Colossians 3:12 (CEB)
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I know I should attend church, but even fully vaccinated I am hesitant. I am thinking of going back to my old church. The latest newsletter included a notice of a new small group, “Christians in Sports,” and a picture of the originator. The person is new to me and so I wonder if new people are attending and breathing new life and ideas into the old congregation. I also am conflicting regarding my mother. She finally called yesterday but I did not pick up. I do not feel prepared to address her with Christian love and forgiveness in my heart and so have called to God to help me to let the retribution to Him . I needd time to allow God to heal my heart towards me mother as the pain is one from a lifetime of such treatment.
Prayers for Robert and glad I could relieve him of his first commenter duties. Prayers for continued heartfelt talks with Erich and continued progress on the table. Prayers for Ally’s job search and David’s health. Prayers for Jill and her first year students, may they fiind ways to connect despite the rocky and distant beginning of the school year. Prayers for Gloria and her husband’s safe travel Calling the person I connected with during a shipping trip is another Christian dilemma I am wrestling with. I was hoping she would call me but she hasn’t. Now I wonder if too much time has passed. This groups thoughts would be appreciated or am I overthinking this? Prayers for Lou’s safe travel, son’s job and relationship and daughter’s schoolwork. Prayers for the entire UR.
Gentleness is not weakness. To me it is “the” step upward/forward from anger that sets me apart as responding in a way that is guided by God and not man. This does not mean being passive, it means approaching the situation with God’s direction, by acknowledging feelings and as I am relating to what Robert wrote, perception, which forms the basis of reality. I have been reared in a certain way, but now, research is sharing new approaches. I also have the opportunity to analyze where I am today and create the best me going forward. “forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. I am doing a new thing, now it springs up. Do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43: 18-19.
I have just finished reading the 36 Psalms identified as those of praise for God….they are sooooo uplifting at the end of the day. Still more Psalms to go. I like you Robert, got very tired of reading of all the wars and killings. I see a great difference coming in the New Testament where love is the gift brought to us in Jesus.
How often have I approached God with “the answer” instead of with an open mind to receive “the answer”? amazing the relationship I am developing with my patient Father. Another blessing poured down upon me and I say thank you, thank you, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit. His answers are comforting and leading me into a new life.
Friday, the day I would look forward to as I awaiting answers from job applications or end of work week and two days to recover and relax. I pray for health and healing for all. I pray for Ally and Jill and Lou. I pray for Robert and his relationship with his children as he is seeking new approaches. I pray for Julie who is waiting for answers from the legal system, faithful in staying connected with her mother and Marcy, and her beautiful daughter Meghan as well as all of her kitties that being her joy. I do not think it is too late to reach out to the shopping lady.
Blessing dear UR Family. We are loved by and matter to God; no crisis lasts forever; there is always hope; others can help, just ask.
My Daddy once stated that God can use us because of our weaknesses. In God we find our strength. Philippians 4:13. It is hard for me to admit I have weaknesses and to ask for help. I ask God to help me embody the fruits of the spirit. Thank You, dear Lord. David got good reports at his Dr. appointments. Praise the Lord. Trying to work through this fatigue and do The things i need to do. Julie, prayers for you and your mom. Sometimes forgives and healing come in baby steps. Praying also for you and Meghan as you whether dealing with H and legalities. I hear you about hesitancy to go back to church. I miss it, but enjoy our quiet Sundays With online church, coffee, and rest. Robert, lifting up your work on your relationship with Erich. Jill, prayers continue as you continue to care for Larry and for your relationship. Praying for you and your first year students. April, thank you for your insight into today’s questions. Prayers also for Marcy and Lou. Be blessed, everyone.