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God,

How does a 21st century Christian make sense of you?

I know you are bigger than, more powerful than, greater than anything I can imagine. I don’t understand this “made in your image”. Does this mean you made us as you imagined us? I can’t believe you’re human, male or female. I think you transcend gender. I think there are loving father and loving mother elements in you. I just don’t know.And the part about Jesus suffering and dying for my sins.  Seriously? Or is this that Jesus’ preachings of love and his overturning the temple tables meant he had to die, that our inability to believe or follow, led him to die.

And the part about Jesus suffering and dying for my sins.  Seriously? Or is this that Jesus’ preachings of love and his overturning the temple tables meant he had to die, that our inability to believe or follow, led him to die.

I get the resurrection.  Overcoming sin and death through living again… amazing.

Anyway, thank you for my life. … more later.

Amen.

 

To God be the Glory!

Love always,

Melissa
Melissa Pazen, MSW

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Earlier this week, my study group discussed “Evil, Suffering, and a God of Love” in the series called Living the Questions. Rev. Winnie Varghese (Rector of St. Mark’s-Church-in-the-Bowery in New York City & former Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University) stated that it is heretical to focus on material good things that God has given to us, thinking this is because something we’ve done.  She said this belief leads us to think bad things happening has some reason in who we are or what we’ve done.

I learned this morning that Amy (who we’ve brought to God in prayer all week) has had three more seizures since yesterday afternoon.  Doctors are running tests.  All of us are on “pray without ceasing” alert!  Will you pray with me please?

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Constant Creator, 

You call us continually.  You long for our love.  You make mysteries and marvels.  You are more — more than our minds can imagine!  Amazing!

All glory, laud, and honor to you.  I express my adoration, my praise, my joy.  Hosanna!  You are amazing!

Lord of Light,

I wish I didn’t need to bring Amy to you again!  She loves you Lord; I know she is in a strong and loving relationship with you.  I know you are aware of what is happening and I wish it were not.  I know you are in charge and I am not, Lord.  I know you will make all things ultimately work for the good for Amy.  I know this.  But she’s having physical emergencies, Lord and I hate that.  Amy is such a good person and strives for what’s right and cares for others…  I want her to be just fine.  And that’s not in my sphere of control, Lord.  But I know it’s in your sphere of control, so I bring her to you again.

Heal Amy, Lord, I beg of you.

My carpal tunnel syndrome is strong today, Lord.  I love you and I want to keep talking, but I may have to give my thumbs and fingers a rest.  I know you understand and I know you hear me whether I type or talk out loud or talk inside my head.

Gentle, gracious Grandother,

I have come to believe that I need not focus on the bad things that happen to the good people.  This life and this world will always have bad and good.  There will be times of both and of each.  Lord, I know that I need focus only on you.  I need focus on loving, on serving, on praying.  I need not focus on understanding (even though I love figuring things out) your reasons and the reasons of bad, evil, sin in the universe.  That’s not my concern, not my sphere of control.

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So I will dwell with you.  I will continue to ask you to heal my friend.  I will continue to type my side of our conversation and I will love.  I will try to bring your blessing to others.

Generous Giver,

Thank you for doctors. Thank you for hospitals. Thank you for technology. Thank you for medicine. Thank you for nourishment. Thank you for curiosity. Thank you for the will to make things better and the will to improve the condition of the world. Thank you for those who love us.  Thank you for those who support us. Thank you for those who worry about us and cry with us when we suffer.  Lord, I love you so much!

I pray in the Holy Name of Jesus,

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!

Our interim pastor, the Reverend Greg Skiba, delivered an Easter sermon that was well worth pondering.  Entitled “Transforming Mystery”, it started with the disagreement in the four Gospels on who went to the tomb on Easter morning.  It went on to address what Easter’s really about.  Hearing the following led me to request a written copy:

Whenever courageous faith faces down death, it is a sign that Jesus was NOT locked up forever in the tomb, that death could not hold him.  It’s a sign that he is working with us to overcome hatred with compassion, destruction with acts of patient kindness, replacing fears and memories of inner pain with healing peace, and bringing reconciliation to broken lives and relationships.

God of Grace and Goodness,

Your majesty shines throughout the universe.  Your power is everlasting. You created me and love me more than I could ever imagine.  Amazing!

And you sent Jesus to show us what you look like and how you act and how you think.  You made a perfect replica of yourself so we could have a perfect example.  Amazing!

And you remind us that we can be like you.  You send powerful speakers to tell us that death has no power over perfect love, over compassion, over kindness, over peace, over your ability to reconcile brokenness.  Amazing!

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Incredible Imagineer,

Live in me today as you lived in Jesus.  Give me the ability to love when I feel petty or selfish.  Remind me that these impulses, wholly human, are not the way you want me to be.  As Jesus overcame death, let me overcome my sin and my ungraceful qualities.

Lord of Light and Love,

I bring Mike and Amy to you for healing.  For Mike, we would love a diagnosis of something minor.  We would be thrilled to find that his malady is curable, treatable, that he can live a long and healthy life.  For Amy, whatever caused the fever and seizure let it be gone never to return.  For both of these people, let them grow in strength and faith.  Let them sing your praises for the wonderful things you have done.

Bestower of Blessings,

You have given us so much. As we strive to be good stewards of the earth and to solve the problems of poverty, hatred, injustice; remind us also to care for ourselves and to find your joy.  Grant us the humility to recall that all we have is from you.  Lord, I love you so much!

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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!

Again today, I think of my friend and pray for her.

Holy, Holy, Holy,

Lord God almighty, I praise your creation.  I don’t understand massacres nor your reason for leaving me in my current position.  Your creation of angels, like Susan, is a glorious mystery to me.  You send her to love me, to inspire me, to give me strength, to give me glimpses of you.  Amazing!

God Almighty,

I pray today for Susan and Sarah.  Grant them your grace to be together and enjoy one another.  Let Susan be a loving mother for Sarah and let Sarah be an adult who can care for herself and others.  Let them care for one another as they each would for a small helpless infant who turned out to be the Prince of Peace.

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Bless Steve and let him know how much I love him and how much I appreciate him.  I pray for your world.  Stop the hating by filling us all with your love.  Stop the killing by reminding us all of the gift of life that you gave us in Jesus, so many years ago.

Incredible Imagineer,

You gave us all things possible and impossible.  May my gratitude show like a beacon of your light, life and laughter.  I love you so much.

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Through Jesus, I pray

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2012

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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