Gooooood morning, Mini-Women! You are so awesome, did you know that? Look at you -- committing to writing in your Talking To God Journals twice a week and sharing what's great about it -- and what's hard. Keep up the amazing work. Do it.
Last time we talked about how we start our conversations with God, and we heard everything from "Dear God" to "Good morning, Daddy!" As a couple of you pointed out, it can depend on what's going on with you. On a peaceful day you might write, "Monin', God," but in one of those times when you're ready to flush somebody down the toilet you might just plunge right in with, "God -- I am SO MADDDD!" The important thing is that you're real.
When Jesus talks about prayer in the Gospel, he says, "This, then, is how you should pray." (Matthew 6:9) It doesn't get any clearer than that, right?
And he starts with this:
"Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name."
Right off the bat we might have a problem understanding that because, um, what does "hallowed" mean?
To "hallow" something is to make it holy and sacred. It's perfect and blessed and pure.
So -- to hallow God's name is to consider it sacred. That's why in the Ten Commandments God tells us not to use his name for anything except to pray to him and share him with other people. Using God's name to swear (taking his name in vain ... using it for no good purpose) is pretty ugly stuff, right?
Jesus is saying that when we pray, we need to ask that God's name be kept holy. We're not saying, "God, your name is sacred." God knows that. We're saying, "God, please show people who you are -- so they'll know that you're holy and pure and good."
YOUR TALKING TO GOD JOURNAL TOPIC SUGGESTION: Write about people you know who don't see God as holy, who may use God's name as part of profanity or just don't get how pure and good God is. Ask God to show himself to them. And to you -- if you sometimes forget that God is to be "hallowed."
IF YOU WANT TO COMMENT ON THIS POST: Tell us how it feels to you when you hear someone "taking God's name in vain," or showing that they don't see God as holy (they aren't hallowing him). Don't mention names of course, and don't quote anything ugly. Focus on how it makes YOU feel. If you've sort of gotten used to it, you can tell us about that too.
I'm going on vacation next week, but I will still have posts for you on Tuesday and Friday. I probably won't refer to you by name in those because I won't be reading your comments while I'm in DISNEYWORLD!!!! with my family. (yes, Maeryn's first time!). But I'll catch up when I get home - so please comment away. Do remember, though, to stay with the topic in red on the post. Keep prayer requests simple (no details!). If you think you might have slipped up on some of our blog rules, just click on them to the right and do a quick review.
Love you ALL!!!