"O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you." Psalm 63:1-5
Psalm 63 really resonated with me this morning, not because I am always passionate about seeking God, but because I am often not. What is it that keeps us from the banquet table that awaits those who will just come hungry to the only one who can fill our souls with the right kind of food? Is it that we can't quite believe the words? I'd love to hear from you! What do you think?
Now to the Friday Favorites: Last week I inaugurated a new "meme" -- which I'm guessing is a blogging term for a weekly themed series, especially a theme that you share with other bloggers. The official definition of a meme is "an idea or element of social behavior passed on through generations in a culture, especially by imitation." Whatever. I did get the idea from other people, and you can take it from me if you want! My "meme" is Friday Favorites, a short weekly-ish compilation of my favorite links to other blogs.
A Wrestling Prayer by Sarah Clarkson goes right along with my thoughts above. A quote:"Something I have recognized keenly this year, is that struggle can be offered as prayer. The fight to keep faith in God actually being good, when loneliness or dreams deferred, illness or pain accuse him of everything bad, is an act of faith every bit as vital as the usual rounds of study and prayer. A cleansing is what a wrestling prayer offers, for it chases demons into the light."
Are You a Dreamer or a Keeper? by Sally and Sarah Clarkson pegged me as a dreamer for sure. I need to work on the keeper side of life, though! "Different writers tell different stories. Some find glory in the adventure of life, the great journey required of every soul born. Some find glory in the quiet, daily growth of home life, the small, rich details that come from life carefully tended and lived. Both speak truth, both offer us beauty. Both offer a glimpse into the richness of God’s mind."
Simple Pleasures is the result of Julie Druck imitating another blogger in noticing and appreciating what is around her. "I see . . . A golden orb of moon behind the black-silhouetted woods; pussywillows on my desk from a friend..."
Calvin on Teachers Who, in Their Attempt to be Novel, Do More Harm than Good, by my friend and favorite author Gary Thomas, is very pertinent at the moment, because
Why is Rob Bell So Alarming? Can we handle the Bible message straight up, or does someone somehow need to make it more palatable for our modern ears?
As you visit these other blogs, I encourage you to poke around and see what else the authors have to say. Leave a comment if something stirs you. I love to see comments on this blog, too, so drop me a line!