Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Praying through the Colossians starts with being called to God by the words about the being filled with the knowledge of Gods will in wisdom and understanding. Those words made me distinguish between wisdom and understanding. Both are important and yet they are distinct from each other. I understand how to lose weight, cut calories and get active and the fat disappears. Most of us know this, but as attested by the amount of fad diets, junk miracle pills and other pitches against the hard work of simply cutting back on food and moving your body. Wisdom makes move our bodies and eat healthier to make us lean. So too are the fad spiritual diets. The understanding of God’s will is like losing weight… spend time listening to God everyday and love God and love neighbor. Like working out and eating less, we will become closer to God. When I workout and eat better, I am filled with more energy. When I spend time with God and look for Jesus in the eyes of all I meet, I find a deeper sense of joy throughout my life.
Listening to God in the Holy Trinity as I pray through the scriptures forges me into a better person, a more loving person. I pray through them in the knowledge that God wants an abundant life for his creatures. Abundant, not in the fantasy given to us from our culture where abundance of things, money, power or fame; rather an abundance in our relationships to our family, friends and in love. The growing grace within us and bares fruit in love. Like working out, the more I spend time with God in prayer, praying through his word in the understanding God is love and Jesus calls us friends, the more I want to remain in the hands of the Lord.
Last night we went to the Advent Party at church, were we make crafts and ornaments for Christmas. The night ended by hearing Luke’s story of the the birth of Jesus. God was with us, and when we are with God, we find our true self. We learn about the Will of God and then wisdom comes with understanding.
*I have been praying by Lectio Divina through the New Testament. This reflection starts with Colossians starting Col 1.1-9 i