Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Spending Time With God

Col 1.1-9 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. 3 In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. 7 This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, 8 and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit. 9 For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’ will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.

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

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