Tuesday, January 25, 2005

It's been awhile...

I had severe email and internet trouble last week, AND an incredibly busy week, so I failed to make any entries. Sorry about that. Last Monday was MLK Day, which was a holiday at our church office. Of course that didn't mean anything to me, I was driving back from our annual snow trip, so I was working anyway. But holiday weeks/short weeks usually aren't that great for me anyway. I've got basically the same amount of work to do each week, and if it's a short week, I've still got to be ready for Sunday. I almost hate to see holidays coming, knowing that they usually just lead to more stress. You know, less time to get the same amount of work done. I saw a great quote today. In an interview in Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan was asked what would he like to be the last song he hears before he dies. He answered, "How about 'Rock of Ages'?" Pretty good, answer, Bob. This last Sunday I taught about listening prayer in contemporary worship. This is a hard practice to engage, even for someone who knows it is valuable and who teaches others about it (ME). I confess I do not listen as much as I would like and it is often in times of crisis, when I quiet myself and focus and listen as a last resort. God as a last resort...hmm...something's not right there. But anyway here is an article that speaks to God's quest to get our attention. I read it with benefit and I recommend it to you. http://www.youthspecialties.com/articles/topics/spirituality/attention.php This link is to the article "Attention, Please!" Connective Spirituality by Randy Kuss. Below are the first few lines to whet your appetite. And God said, "Attention, please! May I have your attention?" God, in Martha Whitmore Hickman's And God Created Squash: How the World Began, having created the most ambitious part of creation (that would be us), now asks a simple thing: "Attention, please! May I have your attention?" Why? Well, to point out a few things and to see if we have any questions. God particularly wants us to know this: "Remember I made you for company, for me and for each other. So we could love each other." And that's the core of Connective Spirituality.

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