My heart is full to overflowing as I write this letter to you! As I’ve shared in my preaching and teaching and conversations over the past few weeks, I sense that the Lord is renewing me as I pause in quietness throughout each day to hear him. The pattern of daily prayer (morning, noon, evening, and compline) has made room for him to maneuver within me. I’m hearing what I was missing before, and I’m responding – because of his grace – in ways that were once a struggle for me.
This morning, as I was getting ready to leave the vicarage and talking with the Lord (yes, the shower, among other ordinary places and activities, is a really great place for conversations with him!), he helped me find the words to express the growing desire of my heart: I want to live more deeply in the hidden life of continuous prayer.
I want to be more faithful in giving him the “tithe” of my time throughout each day (in the Morning, Noonday, Evening, and Compline Offices), but I also want to make more room (as I go about my daily routine) to let my mind wander to him and with him. I want my hidden life of prayer to be where the “real me” is found. In the words of Saint Paul, I want to “Set [my] mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For [I] have died, and [my] life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:2-3)
My continuous prayer for us as a community and for each of us individually is that we will come to the place of desiring nothing but Jesus. My heart aches with yearning to see this realized in my own life. It also aches to see MAMA Church live fully – even extravagantly – in that desire. It is, after all, the monastic mission of “ora et labora” (prayer/study/worship and work/mission/outreach). I can think of nothing more beautiful than individuals who are seeking Jesus with all their heart coming together in a community that provides them with the tools for spiritual growth and evangelism!
I’ve waited to send this letter because I wasn’t sure whether we might have to cancel Bible Study on Thursday evening. If the weather forecasts hold, it looks like the snow will hit tonight and that those who are able can gather tomorrow evening as planned. Even so, if that changes I’ll get word out as quickly as possible. Check e-mail, Facebook, text messages before heading out for Bible study!
As we continue in our study of the life of Jesus, we’ll be looking at John 1:35-51. This promises to be a wonderful time in which the Lord can reach into our lives and call us – just as he did Andrew and Simon, Philip and Nathanael! Weather and road conditions permitting, we’ll gather tomorrow (Thursday) evening at 6:30pm. Come and join us!
If you’d like a copy of this week’s “Our Life Together” just send an e-mail to the address listed above. I pray that what’s contained in it is exactly what the Lord wants to provide for your needs this week. May it be a blessing to you!
Praised be Jesus Christ!