When I went on a retreat to a monastery once, I sat looking out a window wondering what I should pray for. How many good Christians I have talked to who weren't sure what to pray for. Sometimes just a few minutes seems too long after we have made OUR list of requests, and then we quit. In other words, just stop and listen to what God is saying! It is not OUR minds that we are opening to the Lord. It is the mind of the Spirit that God has put within our heart. There is no course offered in our churches that can TEACH us how to pray in the Spirit. God is the only teacher.
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.