Good Morning, God!
Today is a lovely — slow — relaxed Sabbath Day. And I think of what Jesus said about The Sabbath Being a GIFT to Man. It IS!
But, alas, God, like many of Your Gifts it goes unclaimed. I am sitting here “seeing” the various people around this lovely world that I am praying for. To see them IS to hold them up to Your Light.
Hmmm. Small aside here — I shall print up a Prayer Photo Album — to help me in my intercessions. Praying WITH and FOR people is another one of Your Gifts that often goes unclaimed. How easy it is, God, to have our attention diverted — or worse yet, to be disconnected.
Anger and Fear do that. They send us back to a primal, vulnerable-to-attack state. And, then people do horrific things to one another — horrific things that are gathered up and stored to feed the hate of future generations. Tragic. It becomes a cycle of Victims and Revenge Seekers.
Worse yet, those who have been harmed seek to inflict twice as much harm on the perpetrators — the Fire Bombing of Dresden springs to mind. MADNESS, God, MADNESS. All of this creates great gapping cracks in the surface of the earth. Abysses separating peoples on Ice Flows of Hate.
Hmmm. Perhaps You are calling us to be like this Palm. It is doing its best to process CO2 into oxygen — life giving oxygen. Do You want us to process Hate into Love? Ignorance into Understanding? Fear into Confidence?
YES! YOU ACTUALLY WANT US TO PRACTICE FORGIVENESS! ZOONDS! Now there is a whole Series of Unclaimed Gifts!
Ah, GOD! Now THERE is a CALLING! Having Planted us in Your Love — help us through Your Holy Spirit to bear fruit worthy of Your Calling!