I am bold to call you Father, yet I seem so far away from you. How can this be? I know you are with me but in the roar of the world I cannot hear you; in the depths of my being, I perceive a void. Where is this desert the psalmist speaks of? I must look into my own heart for I am responsible for that void. I know that in my self-absorption, in my turning away from you I become oblivious to your presence in my life. Yet, I thirst and your Spirit quenches my thirst. I hunger and your Son feeds me. I am restless and you give me the hope of your Eternal kingdom. I pray I become aware every moment in every way of your presence in my life.
“Thus, have I gazed on you in your sanctuary, seeing your power and glory.”
Lord, I see your glory in him just as Peter, James and John did on the mountain. At our gathering you give me your Son: Transfigured . . . Crucified . . . Risen. At your table, here in a holy place Christ feeds me and nourishes your life in me, heals my wounded nature and frees me from death.
“Better your faithful love than life itself; my lips will praise you; thus, I will praise you all my life. In your name lift up my hands. A song of joy on my lips and praise in my mouth.”
At worship and in the world doing the work you give me to do, for all the blessings you gift me, Lord, I thank you. It is a good and joyful thing to love and worship and speak to you.
“Yahweh, you examine me and know me; you know when I sit and when I rise. You watch when I walk or lie down. You know every detail of my conduct.”
God knows and loves me, beckoning me into a relationship personal, intimate and faithful. How can I hear God’s voice and follow where God leads? Does God call ordinary people like me? And, to what and where does God call me?
“Where shall I go to escape your Spirit? Where shall I flee from your presence?
God calls out to me. Inviting me to share God’s life. How can I hear that call? What could hearing it mean as I live day to day?
“If I speed away on the wings of the dawn. If I dwell beyond the ocean, even there your hand will be guiding me, your right hand holding me fast.”
Lord, I pray I recognize The Risen Christ in me and in everyone I see. I ask for your enabling Grace that as I hear your call, I learn step by step to walk with Christ. And in answering your call I discover myself.