Good morning, New Women. I don't know when we've had a larger and more enthusiastic response to a post than last week when I asked you to comment with your three favorite "Mute Gospel Place" songs. I think if you read those you'll have an awesome playlist. Maybe we should call it the TWCT (The Whole Christian Thing) playlist and expand it into an appendix for the back of the book. What do you think?
What we're establishing here are authentic ways to worship. Going to your mute gospel place regularly, whether that's within the pages of your journal or in a blazing Oklahoma sunset. Listening to the music that, to use your own words, "Calms me down," "Helps me concentrate on God," "Is my reassuance when I am feeling insecure or upset," (and BTW, welcome HAYLEE!). KATY put it this way:
"Whenever I listen to those songs that just really hit me I get this feeling ... it's almost impossible to explain but it starts from the top of my head and goes to my toes and I can just 'feel' God."
You're getting it. You're finding genuine ways to be in God, and allow God to be in you, just as Jesus said in his long discussion with the disciples at the Last Supper: "You will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you." (John 14:20)
Here's the thing, though: all of that connecting, both in these private ways and in public worship, is only part of this "Whole Christian Thing." That connection has to bear fruit in the world. We can't make Him, as one of my favorite authors Clarence Jordan puts it, "Lord of the lips."Do you not LOVE that?
Needless to say we can't just feel God and then talk about it. We have to live Him. And how do we do that?
* By practicing those personal spiritual disciplines we've been talking about.
* By praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit
****** By learning the basics of how we are to live by studying Scripture !!!!!!!
Obviously that third one is our focus at this point. (I guess I could have made it a little more obvious ...) We're going to use an approach that's a little different from what we've done in the past, an approach that involves you in an active way. I'll be sensitive to the fact that you're probably finishing up school work before the holidays and will be taking time off to celebrate, just as I will be next week. Your involvement will be easy at first, and then after New Year's we'll step it up -- or should I say deepen it?
If you want to post between now and Thursday, share with us the verse or passage from the Holy Bible that best speaks to you right now, today, at this exact time in your life. Quote it for us and give us its "address" and the version you like best (NIV, KJV, NKJV, etc.) You don't have to explain why it speaks to you right now, but you certainly can. And I kind of hope you will ...
Here's mine: "Very truly I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do, and in fact will do greater works than these because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it." (John 14: 12-14, NRSV) I'm at a place in my long career where I'm not sure what I am to do next, and this passage tells me, 'Just believe. Just ask. You will know and you will do it.' It keeps me from making desperate, elaborate plans. It simply keeps me alert.
Can't wait for an abundance of Scripture ... that's what I'm talkin' about.
Nancy Rue (And thank you, Crystal, for the beautiful Christmas banner on our blog)