O that a hallowed season of divine communion may be vouchsafed to me this evening!
The Lord knows that I need it very greatly. My graces languish, my corruptions rage, my faith is weak, my devotion is cold; all these are reasons why His healing hand should be laid upon me.
Dictionaries close out each year by choosing a word of the year. This year these words were chosen by various influential dictionaries: post-truth (Oxford), surreal (Merriam-Webster), and xenophobia (dictionary.com). In a twist to this tradition, I am proposing a word for the upcoming year. My choice is a word that has been bouncing around in my mind for a little while. That word is conviction. It is a word previous generations of believers used on a regular basis. Perhaps we use it less today because we have become less convictional in our faith and living.
I am intrigued by the postures people assume when they talk to God. In an earlier article, I detailed six prayer postures we would do well to emulate. As important as these postures are, they serve merely to reflect the posture of our hearts before God.
Cooks in kitchens all across America will find themselves gathering all of the ingredients necessary for their favorite Thanksgiving Day recipes. Many will rely upon the traditional recipes handed down for generations. The biggest challenge is not to forget a key ingredient for that favorite dish. A missing ingredient determines whether diners consume the dish or you place it in the leftover container.
We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
The Problem of Pain
The Dark Night of the Soul
Yet you have broken us in the place of jackals and covered us with the shadow of death (Psalm 44:19).
October 25, 2016