In the Office: TGIF

Somewhat to my consternation, today’s readings from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer aren’t doing much to inspire me. Perhaps that’s because I’m a little tired (it has been a busy month around here). Or maybe the assigned texts and my life situation just aren’t “in sync” today (that’s bound to happen once in a while). Or perhaps the word that I need to hear this morning is going to come in silence and prayer rather than through the reading of scripture (God can use lots of channels to commune with us, after all).

Whatever the reason, I try to remember that the lack of some “meditation-worthy insight” doesn’t negate the value of this daily exercise in listening and writing. The spiritual life is not all “mountaintop experiences” and “moments of revelation”; but instead – as Pastor Eugene Peterson has described it – it is often “a long obedience in the same direction.” And so – on this day – I’ll just thank God that He’s here – and I’ll keep moving in that “Christward” direction – and I’ll look forward to future occasions when I trust that my heart and His Spirit will connect more meaningfully.

As for you, dear readers (daring to hope that there are one or two of you out there) – I offer this prayer, which comes from today’s psalm:

But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
“The LORD is great!”

(Psalm 40:16)

May the LORD show Himself to be great in your life today…and enjoy your Friday!

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