Monday, March 16, 2015

Lenten Prayer as CtK #wander #lent2015

Gracious Lord,
Stir us from lives of comfort and the shelter of what is known. Lead us into the wilderness, so that in our wandering, we may see the wonder of your creation, and learn to trust in your creating hand. Amen

Not all those who wander are lost.

This is what the poem that appears in various places in J.R.R. Tolkien's stories about the land of Middle Earth tells us anyway, and I would agree with Mr. Tolkien's wisdom.

Take for instance, Moses, who is wandering around in the wilderness, when God comes to him in a burning bush. Perhaps, it was precisely because he was wandering, and not caught up in the concerns of the day, that Moses was able to notice this strange bush, and hear the voice of God, the saving voice of God in it.

Then, Moses, after helping to lead the Hebrew people out of Pharaoh's hand, wandered with them for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land. We know they weren't lost, because God was leading them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. (Not to mention feeding them manna along the way.) In their wandering time, God was teaching these people how to live as free people in their new land, as they only new a world of slaves and slave masters.

When we wander, God has a way of giving us new perspectives and insights, and also shows us a creation that is much bigger and awe-inspiring than we could ever imagine. Wandering helps us to see that all that glitters is not gold.

About Lenten Prayer as CtK:
During Lent, I am inviting all of you at Christ the King, and anyone who would be willing to join us, to engage in praying together, seeking to hear God and be guided by Christ's life in our life together. To guide these prayers, I will be posting pictures centered around a word for the day. This comes from the facebook group: Please feel free to join me in posting pictures and thoughts to your social media accounts or to the comments of this blog.

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