Hello everyone and happy 2nd Monday of 2021!
Yesterday’s message based on Ephesians 5:14 was about Waking Up – moving from spiritual sleepiness, deadness, and darkness toward being spiritually awake, alive, and enlightened. You can hear it here: https://www.margaretriverbaptist.org.au/sermons/wake-up-sleeper/
Also, there are only two “When the Soul Listens” books left. If you still don’t have one and want one let us know and we’ll drop it at your front door! 🙂 And yes, there is a reading plan – email the office if you’d like a copy. The following was quoted in yesterday’s message:
“Contemplative living wakes us up so to speak, because otherwise we become drowsy with the weight of daily duties and cares, looking but not perceiving, observing but not understanding.”Jan Johnson, When the Soul Listens, p.179 (second edition)
One of the seven skills of contemplative living she suggest is: “Use a Centering Word of Phrase.” She writes,
“In chapter 6, I mentioned using words and phrases to center ourselves in contemplative prayer. These can also be used to help us connect with God throughout the day. When the sky is dark and it rains hard in the mountain pass connecting my town to Los Angeles, I can barely see car headlights through the layers of water on my windshield. I used to grow so tense that my whole body locked up and I could scarcely move when I arrived home. Over the years, I’ve learned to either sing or gently say over and over: ‘Thou wilt keep me in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because I trust in thee …”ibid.
As you know, my prayer phrase is, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.” That helps keep me spiritually alert and mindful no matter what I’m doing.
Have a great week folks and remember – stay awake.
Every blessing, Pastor Craig.