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."

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Our Father in Heaven

Lent with the Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Matthew 6:9
Teresa of Avila wrote that “All the way to heaven is heaven.” When Jesus asks us to pray to the Father of us in heaven, does he see heaven as the place we go after we die or is there something more to what Jesus is saying. What is Jesus trying to tell us about the place where God dwells?
From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." Matthew 4:17
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4
The Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus speaks of is not a place rather it is a state of heart. We are able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven when practice the faith Jesus calls us to, being humble, merciful, the least, like children. The Kingdom of Heaven is what we help to build in the world as we live as Jesus lived. The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, the tiniest of seeds that when planted in the ground grows into the biggest bush that birds come to nest in. “When we think of Heaven, it need not be dramatic, grandiose or even visible. Rather, prayer invites us to look for what is small, the gentle rising and falling of the breath, a sip of wine and a piece of bread, a prayer uttered quietly without hurry (Wayne Muller, "Learning to Pray.”)

Today take time to think of one small thing that has brought you healing or comfort. Remember the person or place where this comfort happened. As you pray rest your heart and mind on this small act of kindness. As you rest in this smallest blessing the gates to the kingdom of heaven will open wide.
Then end by praying the Lord's Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts
as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.
Amen.

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