I do not pray very much. At least, I do not pray by myself often. I find prayer a difficult practice. I struggle with speaking to or with God in solitude. When I am surrounded by people, be it at a mealtime, a worship gathering, a funeral, or a wedding, prayer comes easily enough. It is in community that prayer is most available to my heart. This is interesting to me, especially in light of Western Christianity’s rampant individualism. The tendency is to treat one’s relationship with God with the same manner as the doctor-patient relationship: it is confidential, not to be discussed. I, on the other hand, find it less taxing to have a public relationship with God. It is in the moments of seclusion when I find conversing with God to be most difficult.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Today at a restaurant, I saw a man who appeared to be sunburnt. So I leaned over to my wife and said, “That guy sure looks crispy!” Her reaction was that crispy shouldn’t be used to describe people, which got me thinking: what other kinds of terms used primarily for food can and have been used to describe humans? Here’s what I’ve come up with.
- Got one in the oven
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
For those in the 432 area code of Texas, here is a link to Spring Creek Ministries, the ministry of a man whom I hold dear to my heart: my father. He recently set out to work as a "minister at large," and if you're interested in helping him out (and in the west Texas area), check out his site, and do whatever the Spirit prompts you to do.
Grace and peace,