bigger than us

Scripture speaks about the very hairs of our head being numbered, that the Father lovingly knows every detail of our lives. There is the danger however, when we center in on passages like that, that we will fail to see the big picture. What in the world God is doing in Jesus. While God’s Story in Jesus most certainly includes us, it is also bigger than us.

What helps me keep centered is a simple recitation prayerfully of “the Lord’s Prayer”, or the “our Father prayer”:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one,
for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

I also recite this passage as an important reminder about what is to have priority in all of life, what life is about, aptly called “the Jesus Creed”:

 29 “The most important one,”answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

When I feel distant from God, or too preoccupied with myself I find that the simple practice of reciting these helps. Actually it is a good practice to do regularly, daily.

The Jews did this with the Shema, and it is not far fetched to think that Jesus and his disciples practiced the same, with the new alterations.

Yes, God’s work is bigger than us. But it includes us; we are an intrical part in Jesus of the Father’s work of love in and for the world.

2 comments on “bigger than us

  1. Deborah Johnson says:

    Boy that just about says it all, “too preoccupied with myself”. Can not get to much done when that is where my focus is. Asking God in the morning to supply our daily needs then worrying about them, lol, but I am afraid to say that happens many times to me.

    Thank you for the thoughts and prayers to concentrate on today

    • Thanks, Deborah, for sharing your thoughts and struggles with us. Yes, I need centering all the time. Praying like this, gathering with God’s people and receiving Holy Communion, staying in God’s word daily, etc. So that centering ourselves becomes more and more a way of life. But it is challenging especially at times. Sometimes I think directly challenged. And that is helpful to know.

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