Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I am reading a good book titled, "If You Want To Walk on Water You've Got to Get Out of The Boat".  Chapter 6 is about fear and the end of chapter questions are as follows:

  1. On the "Fear Management Scale" of 1-10, where would you rate yourself between 1 ("I'm often paralyzed by fear") and 10 ("I almost never let fear stop me")
  2. What lessons did you learn about fear as you were growing up?  Was your family more fearless or fearful?
  3. What is your greatest fear?
  4. Which of the "high costs of fear" do you feel most keenly these days?
  5. What is one step you can take today to "feel the fear and do it anyway"?
Good questions to think about even if you didn't read Chapter 6.  What do you Fear today?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I have mentioned several times that the church wants to help parents and grandparents form the faith of their children.  Our church website, st-john.org , has a tab called faith formation.  There is a link to a ministry called "Vibrant Faith@Home.  It is a free ministry site, but you do have to register with your email address.  They have a blog that I recommend to the parents of St. John. http://vibrantfaithathome.net/  Read it and use it.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Giver, Giver, Giver

Occasionally God places words in my way and they have such meaning.  In the midst of the Sundays of Bread,  I stumble across the Prayers of Walter Brueggemann.   I open the book at random and read the first prayer and every time it is meaningful and timely.  Here are his words:
Giver, Giver, Giver
Creator, giver of goodness, creator of all that is…..
                                                          dayenu….loaves abound!
Redeemer, giver of new creation…
Spirit, multiplier of loaves…
We are children of your bounty,
          daughters and sons of privilege…
We live midst ample food, ample clothes,
          ample housing, ample cars, ample stereos,
          ample friends, ample security….
We have ample and count on it,
          reckoning our luxuries to be necessities…
And we are grateful….
In our gratitude,
          we notice the war refugees in Kosovo…
          we notice the war on poverty,
                   even with our government surpluses
          we notice our ample housing
                   along with 20,000 in Atlanta on the streets…
          we notice how you grace our church
                   midst our fear and rage and cunning…
          we wonder about our grades
                   and our worth and our honor…
          we ask about inheriting eternal life…
          and turn away with our great possessions…
Giver, Giver, Giver who overrides fear in utterance…
                   who overrides scarcity in abundance…
                   who overrides parsimony in generosity…
                   we are among the 5,000…
                   we are dazzled by twelve baskets left…
Our gratitude does not match your generosity,,
          but we are grateful…
For all your gifts including the gift of your very own life to us,
we give you thanks…Amen.  And all the people said…

                                       Prayers of Walter Brueggemann,  October 20, 1998

May these words speak to you.