This Sunday coming up is the Sunday of the Holy Trinity in the church year. It’s also the day in which a number of folks leave home and family to spend a week at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio for seminars in Formational Prayer. If you’re one of these folks, this post is for you:
As Christians, we believe, teach and confess our God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Apostles’ Creed says “I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” Martin Luther said that this means that God not only has created everything in the world, but every part of what makes you and me human beings – eyes, ears, and every part of you. He’s given you everything you need to support your body as well as your life. And He doesn’t just hand over these things to you, then sit back and watch. No, He keeps giving you everything you need, “daily and richly,” for no other reason than that He loves you.
As you’re getting ready to head for seminars at Ashland this next week (or, whenever you’re getting ready to go away for a while), it’s easy to get caught up in the worries of what needs to be done before you leave, what will happen while you’re gone, and what you’ll need to do when you get back. Maybe these exercises will help:
Do a mental survey of your body, as many parts, pieces, senses and functions as you can think of. Thank God the Father for making these all for you and for preserving them even when you are unaware of Him.
Do a mental survey of all the “stuff” you have (food, clothing, house, home, pets, family, material possessions). Thank God the Father for His generosity in giving you all these, and for renewing those gifts to you every day, even when you aren’t home to enjoy them.
Why does the Father do this for you, daily and richly and generously? Because He owes it to you? Because He feels guilty about Eden? Because you’re worth it? or just because He loves you with an incredible love that passes your every imagination and understanding? Yes, that’s it! Spend some time praising Him for that love! And let Him take care of all these things for you while you are in Ashland next week!