My wife and I are sitting on our Lazy Boy couch with the center top cushion turned down into a little coffee table. We both are using are Apple I-Books with Wi-fi and reading various blogs along with our e-mail. Our two pastors from Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lansing, MI are bloggers and we have both read their latest posts.
For me and the way I process information, it's too easy to read a writing from a pastor and to nod my head and say "Amen" and go onto the next thing. I usually respond best when I can see how what's being written fits into my daily life. Sometimes pastors think on a higher level and I miss their point.
Let me sort this out:
Pastor David Maier writes in his latest post about Jesus' habit of sharing meals with all sorts of people. Okay, I knew this. So what? And this is was Pastor Maier talks about. By eating with all sorts of folks from all levels of the culture, he was showing his love towards them. PM pointed out that in the culture of the times, sharing a meal was a statement of a special bond that you had with those people.
I'm motivated to go back through the New Testament and find those stories where Jesus ate a whole lot of meals with a whole lot of people. Can you list all those times in the Bible? I can take comfort in knowing that Jesus wants to do the same with me and he will tomorrow with the Lord's Supper.
Then there's the blog post written by Pastor Roy Olsen, a recent graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and a former Lutheran school teacher and principal. He writes about the sound of silence. There again, it might be too easy for me to nod my head and blow right on by this.
He mentions the old Simon and Garfunkel song, The Sound of Silence. Of course, I went to I-Tunes, paid my 99 cents and bought the song. But, his point is right on my bullseye. Far too often, I do my deep thinking with the television on or the radio or in traffic.
Sometimes, it's hard to sitdown and think and listen and what do you listen for. Does God have my e-mail address? How does he speak to you. I've been trying to use the Word as a way to let God speak to me. And I think, he has.
This morning, I read a devotion from Dr. James McDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, IL where my sister-in-law and brother-in-law go to church. He writes about how we win if we talk by faith and we lose if we walk by sight. He based it on Abram's experience in Gen. 12:1. Hey, that took big time faith for him to move from today's Iraq to today's Israel. No GPS, no cellphone. He just went camels, his people and a lot of faith.
Then, I read my pastor's blogs. I think I heard God's voice this morning. I need to practice listening for him. I think that where Philippians 4:8 comes in.