Let Us Pray
It’s appropriate to pray and reflect and run to God when tragedies like the one in Newtown, CT take place. We wanted to share a couple of things we found helpful around the blogosphere as we struggle through our sadness.
T.C. Moore shared some thoughts on Darkness, Advent, and Newtown CT on his blog. Really helpful perspective.
From the article:
Advent isn’t a pill we take to quickly forget the darkness, or ignore the darkness. No, Advent grants us the space to dwell in-between tragedy and deliverance. It gives us time to reflect, feel the weight of the pervasive darkness in this world, and hope for a Savior to come into the world and rescue us. It is a reminder that though the Savior has come, and Jesus is that Savior, we still live in-between his Advent into the world and his Return to shine his light on darkness—destroying it forever.
Until then, we pray, we grieve, we remember, and we hope.
And here are some prayers from David Smith to help us to focus our hearts towards healing and compassion.
Let us pray.
It is only when we cease from our striving and rest in the unconditional love of Christ that our soul begins to be nourished and restored. It is only then that we can experience a worth that attaches to our being and not simply our doing. It is only as we experience God’s acceptance of us as we are that…
The problem of evil constitutes the single most difficult challenge to Christian theism. Volumes upon volumes have been written with the express purpose of rationally reconciling the belief in an all-good and all-powerful God with the reality that life is frequently an inescapable nightmare. Indeed, it is not overstating the case to claim that no…
This is the sermon clip entitled Honest to God that should have appeared last week. Sorry. Sometimes life gets a bit busy. In this short sermon clip, Greg introduces the idea that one of our base needs is to be understood and loved fully for who we are. The full sermon discusses how in order…
Greg considers if Jesus was acting out of character when he taught the Lord’s prayer. Episode 476 http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0476.mp3
I encourage you to read Aurora shooting inspires various perspectives on God and belief, written by Electa Draper and published on the front page of the Denver Post Monday. The article shows how differently believers process tragedies, and illustrates the centrally important role one’s picture of God plays in these responses. For today, I’d like…
Greg considers the phrase ‘in Jesus’ name’ and unpacks what that might mean. He also shows why the phrase is important for One-ness Pentecostals. Episode 481 http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0481.mp3