When someone talks about spirituality or being spiritual, what do you think of? What do you think the other person is thinking of?
Before you read further, please click on the link below to access some J. S. Bach performed on classical guitar (!!!) while you read this, if you would like. Oh, I think you would!
This is my first post of 2019. My last post discussed light. Energy. “Let there be light.” And before that, I wrote a series of posts about my father, since my father’s 100th birthday was in the fall. I doubt he celebrated it, but we did! He’s been in heaven since 2004.
Last January, I made one resolution. (Note the January 1 and January 11, 2018 posts.) I resolved to keep on keeping on. I have. Enabled by the energy God has given me daily. Yes, I’m still tired. But I’ve not given up! I’ve not given in! It was a huge year for us — moving in the summer from Prescott Valley, Arizona to Fort Wayne, Indiana! Oh, my! A whirlwind year. (I’m writing this in Florida, where we’re spending a month with dear friends from the Good Samaritan Mission, happily avoiding below zero temperatures in Indiana!)
So, now a new resolve to make for 2019 and a new series to start:
I resolve to push deeper into life. What? Or, to lean deeper into life. Hmm. How should I word this? Wording will impact the aim of my arrow.
Life can be so overwhelming that it becomes paralyzing. I am aware that my spirit, in the context of countless joys (thank You, Lord!), has responded with a dull numbness to much of my chronic sorrow and some of my chronic pain and fatigue. Do you ever feel paralyzed inwardly? Shallow? You go through the motions of life, doing what you need to do, but inwardly, there’s this numbness, a dullness, a clouded sadness. Sometimes, the light of some beauty, order, or love penetrates the dullness, lifting the dark, at least for a while and to varying degrees. Jesus is the Light…. You know this.
I want to explore themes of spiritual change, spirituality, pushing beyond paralysis, living in the Light. To push or lean deeper into life/Life. Let’s do some biblical research by starting with a study of some key words (spirit, spiritual, transform, light, image, heart, mind) and key passages in the New Testament.
For today, I’d like to share some lovely music you can access below (connecting you to this YouTube site). I love classical guitar. Combine classical guitar with J. S. Bach, and your auditory sense plunges deep into a pool of exquisite delight. Let the beauty of it wash through you.
Below the clip are the words to an Isaac Watts hymn, expressing humble worship of the Creator God. The hymn contrasts this world’s best offerings of but withered flowers to the enduring hope of God who is our eternal home. Sacred thoughts to pray while you listen to sacred music. You may want to let the music continue while you do whatever it is you are doing — working, reading, praying.
Our God, Our Help
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Thank you 🙂
“Not to push deeper into life, but to lean deeper into Jesus.” Why is it, when God has told us and shown us that His hand is mighty, powerful and holds all the universe and life together, we still think we have some major part in it? There is such freedom in yielding and leaning. Thank you once again for that reminder. Now I’m off to write some of those thoughts in my journal.