Thursday, October 10, 2013


(Leona's introductory comment)

Our lives are filled with so much of the ordinary, the mundane, the unremarkable, the routine. We seem to spend our days doing mediocre things, just middling along with the trivial and the customary.

A new day dawns and to all appearances it will be more of "the same old--same old." 

Could today be different? Could God speak loud enough for me to hear Him with the ears of my heart? Could He rouse me from my lack of expectations? Could He say to me, "Behold, I make all things new!" Could I still experience change, transformation?

"O that today you would listen to His voice! Harden not your hearts...." (Psalm 95:8) Am I ever too old for new things, for wide-eyed breakthroughs and serendipitous happenings? Am I so tied to the terrestrial that I can't lift my eyes to the things which are above? 
      Please, Lord....
By Ted Loder. Source: Guerillas of Grace

O God,
let something essential happen to me,
something more than interesting
or entertaining,
or thoughtful.

O God,
let something essential happen to me,
something awesome,
something real.
Speak to my condition, Lord,
and change me somewhere inside where it matters,
a change that will burn and tremble and heal
and explode me into tears
or laughter
or love that throbs or screams
or keeps a terrible, cleansing silence
and dares the dangerous deeds.
Let something happen in me
which is my real self, God….

O God,
let something essential and joyful happen in me now,
something like the blooming of hope and faith,
like a grateful heart,
like a surge of awareness
of how precious each moment is,
that now, not next time,
now is the occasion
to take off my shoes
to see every bush afire,
to leap and whirl with neighbor,
to gulp the air as sweet wine
until I’ve drunk enough
to dare to speak the tender word:
“Thank you”
“I love you”
“You’re beautiful”
“Let’s live forever beginning now”
and “I’m a fool for Christ’s sake.”