Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Coffee Prayers 2



By way of encouragement, God tells us in Scripture, “I will remove the stony heart from their bodies, and replace it with a natural heart…” (Ezek 11:19) But I’m still waiting, asking myself when and how this will happen.

In our community the other day there wasn’t much coffee. Coffee does me good down here in the desert…it helps me…I am old.

I was worried about not having any, about spending a few hours dull and weak, and so– without perceiving the evil I was doing–I went into the kitchen and drank up all that was left.

Afterwards, after suffering all day and making my confessions, I thought in shame of my selfishness, of the easy with which I excluded my two brothers from those black, bitter remains.

It seemed a tiny thing, yet in that cup of coffee, taken and not shared with my brothers, is the root of all the evil which disturbs us, the poison of all the arrogance with selfishness, riches, and power create.

The difference between me and Jesus is right here, in an affair that seems simple but isn’t at all: after a whole lifetime it is still there to make you think.  Jesus would have left the coffee for his brothers: I excluded my brothers.
   - The God who Comes by Carlo Carretto

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Discussing and Arguing



Now that same day two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.  Together they were discussing everything that had taken place.  And while they were discussing and arguing, Jesus Himself came near and began to walk along with them.  But they were prevented from recognizing Him.
    -Luke 24:13-16

This sounds a lot like us present-day Christians.  We are so busy discussing Scripture and arguing doctrine that we don’t even recognize Jesus when he comes to walk along beside us in our doubts and fears, in our struggling and running away.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Coffee Prayers

Somehow, Jesus, I like praying with a cup of coffee in my hand.  I guess the warmth of the cup settles me and speaks to me of the warmth of your love.  I hold the cup against my cheek and listen, hushed and still.
I blow on the coffee and drink.  O Spirit of God, blow across my little life and let me drink in your great life.
Amen
    -Richard J. Foster in Prayers from the Heart

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Prayer is...

Prayer is really an attitude of our hearts toward God.  As such it finds expression, at times with words and at times without words, precisely as when two people love each other.  As conscious personalities we must and should give expression to our attitudes in words one to another.  It is this facility that lifts the fellowship of human beings to such a high plane and makes it so rich...

In the soul's fellowship with God in prayer, too, there are things which can and should be formulated in words... But there are also things for which we can find no words .  Likely it is this to which the apostle makes reference when he speaks in Romans 8:26 of the "groanings which cannot be uttered."

      -Prayer by O. Hallesby

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Missed Cues, Wrong Turns...



We can let ourselves off the desperate question, “Am I in the right place?”  “Have I done the right thing?”  Of course, we must sometimes acknowledge sins and mistakes and we must try to learn from them; but we should not foster the kind of worry that leads to despair.  God’s providence means that wherever we have got to, whatever we have done, that is precisely where the road to heaven begins.  However many cues we have missed, however many wrong turns we have taken, however unnecessarily we may have complicate dour journey, the road still beckons, and the Lord still “waits to be gracious” to us (Isaiah 30:180.
     - Prayer by Simon Tugwell