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I participate in a theology/bible study on Monday evenings.  This week, during our discussion on the series Living The Questions, we spoke of things that keep us from God and the theological solutions for each.  We spoke of them as blocks to our relationship with God.  

As has been the case quite a lot lately, a devotional arrived the next day that reminds me, invites me to meditate and helps me become nearer to God (I hope!). Donna Schaper wrote about “Laying on of Hands” – how the touch of laying on or even a massage can release blocked energy.

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I believe that there is a creative energy in the universe.  I believe love is this energy.  I call this energy God.  So the healing touch may indeed be releasing God’s loving energy.  Pretty cool, huh?

Incredible Imagineer,

You are all energy.  Your energy is the creative force of the universe.  Your energy is love.  You called the worlds into being and created people because  you want to be in relationship with us. We are your beloved creations. We are precious to you.  Amazing!

Lord of Liberation, Returning and Forgiveness,

I pray that you will inspire us to remove the blocks, whether bondage, exile, or sin.  Let us focus on restoring our relationship with you and valuing your people.  I pray you will remind us of the many ways we can overcome these blockages or obstacles.  Help us to remember  that the ‘what’ (being in relationship) is more important than the ‘how’ (choice of denomination or theological style).  With renewed fervor as we journey through Lent, let us end at the destination of your kingdom on earth.

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Extravagant Energy,

Thank you for giving us  such abundant resources.  Food, thoughtfulness, air, light, wisdom – all things come from you.  We appreciate them, we see their value.  We love you so much!

Through Jesus, I pray,

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2013

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

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Today’s StillSpeaking Devotional was written by Rev. Donna Schaper and called “Wiping the Dust Off our Feet”. I’ve never thought of wiping the dust as I leave anyplace, unless it was leaving a warehouse floor to go into an office or leaving a messy outside (snow, rain, mud) to go inside.  I suppose if I lived in a dusty desert I would more frequently wipe them.  

The scripture for the Devotional is Luke 10:11.  Luke 10 is  Jesus’ directive to those he sent out, two by two.  Wiping the dust was to convey ‘you have not welcomed us nor given us peace, so we want nothing from you‘.  That’s quite a slam.

Eternal Energy,

You even created dust.  In some places, dust is mixed with sand and water to make bricks and mortar.  For many of us, dust is simply something we don’t want.  Sadly, Lord, there are more elements of your creation that we don’t want:  pain, cold, ice…  we often dismiss them as bad.  There are other things you’ve called into being that we sometimes consider good, sometimes bad.  Kermit the Frog’s song “Green” comes to mind.  He speaks of the difficulty of being green, then goes on to the beauty of green.

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Loving Lord,

Today I pray that you will remind me to look for the upside of things I find troubling.  Move me from complacency.  Stir my interest in seeing the good.  Help me to do good.  Help me to bring your kingdom to earth.

I also ask to lean on your strength with all the Valentine’s candy that’s around.  I don’t need it, but I want it – even knowing that it’s not nutritious.  I bring Susan to you as she strives to slim a bit.  Sometimes Lord, a few pounds can be so hard to shed.  Give her your inspiration on new things to try.

I remember our relationships on this Valentine’s Day.  I pray for Susan’s with Sarah, Aaron, Matt and her parents.  I pray for mine with Steve, my children & my siblings.   Let us be blessings to these people, Lord.  And those with whom we come into contact at any time of the day.

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Generous Giver,

All that I am, all that I have, all that I experience comes from you.  I am always grateful!  Lord, I love you so much!

I pray using the name of Jesus, my Savior and brother,

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2013

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

In this morning’s StillSpeaking Devotional from the United Church of Christ, Rev. Talitha Arnold talks of super-wildfires that have started in New Mexico because humans quickly extinguished the lesser wildfires.  Things that should have burned off years ago are part of what ignites now.  She goes on to say that giving up the old dead items is a metaphor for giving up things for Lent.  She alleges that sometimes, giving up can be a good thing and suggests giving up anger, fear, lack of trust.

I think I’ll ‘give up’ hypertension!  If I eat less sodium and add exercise, maybe that will work.  Perhaps I could also ‘give up’ 10 – 20 lbs…

It’s me again, God

Only you have the power to change my indulgent ways.  Only you have the power to remind me to care for this body you’ve given me to house my soul. 

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Lord who Loves me,

I pray today that for these next 40 days, you’ll help me to hunger for you, not salt or chocolate or fatty meat.  I pray today that for these next 40 days, you’ll remind me to walk and meditate on you – or that you’ll send a support partner with whom I can practice “God Talk”.

They tell me it takes at least 21 days to build a habit.  I recall that “crisis counseling” is limited to 12 weeks, because by the end of that time, the crisis should have passed.  Lord, I call upon you, with these friends who read this as my witnesses, to inspire me and breathe me full of your peace – to avoid the yearning which I’ve filled with food.  Set me on fire with love, Lord.

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Incredible Imagineer,

Thank you for my brain; thank you for the will to try again.  Thank you for the wake-up calls of Steve’s interview (in which the prospective employer had concerns for Steve’s health) and my blood pressure check this morning (in which my hypertension remained at State 1). Thank you for my sisters and brothers in Christ.  Lord, I just love you SO MUCH!

 And I pray in Jesus’ name,

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2013

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

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