At times over the last year or so, the bible has been a dry book to me; my prayers have been those of one who knows not how to pray; I would have been embarrassed if any of you could have heard their brevity and simplicity and feebleness. At such moments “beauty” has been a powerful peace-bringer through the Holy Spirit; a couple of days ago it was a tree in all its Autumnal glory that brought stillness and peace and a tangible sense of the nearness of God to me; not so far from “Consider the lillies,” I guess. I stopped short of speaking to the tree the way that Spurgeon used to speak to the flowers to find rest for his soul….. but then I’m not a Baptist, I am a Presbyterian, of sorts!
Remember, those of you who preach and who are called to pastor souls, or those of you who are seeking, perhaps right now, to help a friend or loved one, that what may seem reasonable advice or the most lenient of encouragements to spiritual activity or discipline, can seem like a huge demand to the hearer; way beyond reach, possibility or capability. Why not try the Jesus way; an invitation to consider something beautiful? His way works… so let’s let our words be few….
…and remember, laughter can be a powerful medicine too… skateboarding dogs and Kung-fu cats on “Facebook” have blessed me more than many zealous Christian sites…more of that another time.
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