As you quiet yourself for this brief time, be willing to be open to God in whatever way that may take place.
Ephesians 5:15-20 (NRSV)
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In one of the Discipleship Blueprint workshops that I lead, I ask participants where they most feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. Many will say when they are in nature. Others say when they are in worship services they attend. I tend to say when I am deep in the creative process or experiencing and appreciating something creative. I have been in the midst of sewing a church banner and become overwhelmed with emotion, simply because I feel totally at one with God’s will at the moment. I have been struggling with a sermon when I have stopped to pray because I have not heard God’s message for the people, only to end my prayer and immediately hear words and phrases and ideas that I hadn’t thought about. I sat in a General Assembly program in Albuquerque and was brought to tears by music that was written and performed especially for our worship experience.
Paul tells the Ephesians to be filled with the Spirit, and to sing. And as they sing and make music, to thank God for everything. Paul points to an attitude, one of gratitude. And out of this attitude, we will both be thanking God and living a life that is pleasing to God. Take a moment to ask yourself: Where do you feel the presence of God? And wherever or whatever your answer is, you might make a point to be there more regularly in this coming year.
O God, nudge us to put ourselves where we most closely connect with you. And when we are there, show us your path for our lives. Amen.
Go with God!