God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Thursday, March 10, 2011

What Name Do You Use for God?

Lent with the Lord's Prayer

When you pray who do you pray to? Is there a comfortable name for God that you always use? Does the name you call upon change when you are in distress? When you are in pain do you talk to God differently? When you are in a good place is the name you call upon different? When Jesus teaches us to pray, he begins Our Father or the literal translation Father of us. We are to call on God not a personal God of our own making but God of all of us. God, who is beyond my personal understanding, is the God of all. Today, think about how you address God. What names do you use? Are they personal or are they names that acknowledge God as the God of us? Today in you prayer name God. Then push yourself to name God differently.

Begin your prayer today by listening to Charlotte Church sing The Lord's Prayer:


Then spend time naming God.

End with reading Psalm 136 that names God and claims God as merciful and compassionate, the God whose steadfast love endures forever in every situation.

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
O give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
O give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
who by understanding made the heavens,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
who spread out the earth on the waters,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
who made the great lights,
 for his steadfast love endures forever;
the sun to rule over the day,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
the moon and stars to rule over the night,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
who struck Egypt through their firstborn,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
and brought Israel out from among them,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
who divided the Red Sea in two,
 for his steadfast love endures forever;
and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
who led his people through the wilderness,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
who struck down great kings,
 for his steadfast love endures forever;
and killed famous kings,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
and Og, king of Bashan,
 for his steadfast love endures forever;
and gave their land as a heritage,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
a heritage to his servant Israel,
 for his steadfast love endures forever.
It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
 for his steadfast love endures forever;
and rescued us from our foes,
 for his steadfast love endures forever;
who gives food to all flesh,
 for his steadfast love endures forever.
O give thanks to the God of heaven,
 for his steadfast love endures forever.

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