Monday, June 19, 2017

Image of God

Monday June 19, 2017

Psalm 13
How long will you forget me, LORD?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long will I be left to my own wits,
Agony filling my heart?  Daily?
How long will my enemy keep defeating me?
Look at me!
Answer me, LORD my God!
Restore sight to my eyes!
Otherwise, I’ll sleep the sleep of death,
And my enemy will say, “I won!”
My foes will rejoice over my downfall.
But I have trusted in your faithful love.
My heart will rejoice in your salvation.
Yes, I will sing to the LORD
Because he has been good to me.

Our experiences of God help to form our image of God and our image of God has a direct coloration to our prayer life.

We may find that our image of God is one where God is outside of us and outside of creation.  God then has power over us and the over the world.  Our prayers then are pleas to gain God’s favor or to create a hoped for outcome.

Or we may find that our image of God is one where God is both outside of creation and inside of creation.  God’s power then is not about control but about empowerment.  Our prayers then are spoken in solidarity with God as an invitation for our participation in God’s kingdom work.  These prayers then center us and remind us what it means to follow Christ.

Prayer:  God of desert places, we remember the moments that Christ suffered and know that we are not alone in our suffering.  Help us to be mindful of those in our world who have found themselves in a place of abandonment.  In your Holy name we pray, Amen.

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