Evening Prayer: June 13th

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Psalm: 77
Gospel: Luke 9:9-20
Patristic Reading: N/A couldn’t find a copy online 😦

You keep my eyelids from closing;
I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
I consider the days of old,
and remember the years of long ago.
I commune with my heart in the night;
I meditate and search my spirit:
‘Will the Lord spurn for ever,
and never again be favourable? (Psalm 77:4-7)

Huh. Maybe one of the Psalmists was an insomniac after all :P.

This particular passage of Scripture pretty much sums up my life. Not in terms of outright pessimism…..but definitely in terms of worrying and being heart-sick.

By nature, I’m an over-thinker….I’m one of those people who at 2 and 3am think about life, the universe and everything.

During the time when sane people are sleeping, I lie awake and wonder what will happen next. If the things I have done during the day were good, bad or indifferent.

This is one of the points in the Bible for me that doesn’t so much talk about the nature of God….but of the nature of human beings….or put differently, a time when–instead of us reading Scripture….Scripture reads us.

Our relationship with God is not meant to be static, and it’s not all going to be rose petals. It is in verses like these that I take comfort in the knowledge that people have struggled in the same way that I have…..and that they too have come out on the other side into God’s marvelous Light. +

Evening Prayer: Feb. 6th

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Psalm: 34
Gospel: John 7:37-46
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from St. Augustine’s Commentary on Galatians

Oh sh*t! I totally forgot this was a blog to do with prayer ;)….Moving on…….

Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38and let the one who believes in me drink. As* the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart* shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38)

Whenever I read John’s gospel, I’m always a little amused. Look at how outlandish that statement looks at first glance. Can you imagine if someone got up in the middle of a shopping mall and started speaking in such cryptic sayings???? We would probably think they were crazy :P.

We have the benefit of hindsight as Christians some 2000+ years after John’s gospel has been written and volumes of exegesis have been written on it since.

But if this *was* an authentic saying of Jesus…….can you imagine the initial reaction of the crowd? Some would be intrigued. Some would keep walking past. Some would’ve been calling for Jesus to be stoned, others would just tell him to shut up.

The Gospel reading highlights something important. The teachings of Jesus–particularly those found in John–are oftentimes radical, confusing and counter-cultural; something which is sometimes lost to the Western audience…who have heard these biblical passages year in and year out.

What are some of the sayings and teachings of Jesus which you find difficult to understand and/or to follow??? Which ones seem impossible to live out in your day to day life??

Feel free to leave a comment on this post :). I think it would be interesting to see what we are struggling with in our lives of faith….and if there might not be some intersection between our varied and individual experience. +

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