Daily Reflection from Northumbria.11/3/13

The daily meditation from Mprnng Prayer of The Northumbria Community comes from Rowan Williams:

The Cry to God as ‘Father’ in the New Testament is not a calm acknowledgement
of a universal truth about God’s abstract fatherhood. It is the Child’s cry
out of a nightmare.

It is the cry of outrage,fear, shrinking away,when faced with the horror of the ‘world’
- yet not simply or exclusively protest, but trust as well.

‘Abba Father’ all things are possible to Thee …

Let us continue to cry out to God while following God and doing God’s will in the world!

The Best Advice Is Sometimes Ancient

The following quote was part of the daily devotional I use at Common Prayer.Net;

Church father Augustine of Hippo wrote, “‘The times are bad! The times are troublesome!’ This is what humans say. But we are our times. Let us live well and our times will be good. Such as we are, such are our times.”

As we go through hard and “bad” times (government shutdown, wars, poverty, etc.), it is best to remember to “live well” — to do God’s will and share God’s love with others — so God can make our times better through us.

Are You One Of Those “Blessing People”?

One of the speakers at the Wee Kirk Conference at Montreat this year was Reggie McNeal, a noted Church consultant who lives in Columbia, SC. Reggie spoke of the need for us to let our relationship with Christ make a difference in our lives and share the difference Christ makes in our lives with others.

Reggie related how the folks at one church he was working with began making a habit out of asking folks they met every day: “What can I pray for God to bless you with today?” or, if someone shared a problem they were having they might respond by saying “I’m going to pray for God to bless you”. This simple act of letting folks know they were being prayed for made a difference in the community. The church became known as “the blessing church”, and the members as “the blessing people”.

Reggie said that one time he was standing in line at the local Starbucks talking to another member of the church about God’s blessings and someone turned to him and asked: “Are you one of those blessing people?” The person then began to relate to him a deep need they had in the lives. Reggie prayed for them, and promised to continue to do so.

The church made a difference in the community because the people were “blessing people” – people who shared their relationship with Christ with others in ways that made a difference in their lives. As we live out our faith in Christ, we need to always ask ourselves:

“Am I one of those blessing people?”

“Do I do things that show Christ to others?”

Strive to use God’s blessings to you to bless others.