Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Paying Attention in 2010

From Pastor Deb Grant's daily emailed inspiration from yesterday:
Psalm 29
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor.
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The call to worship is quite simply an appeal to pay attention. I recall a line
of a poem that said, "I don't know how to pray but I do know how to pay
attention." As New Year's resolutions are kick started, we might consider being
more intentional about growing in our relationship with God. The first steps of
any good resolution are to make small, do-able goals. Experts tell us that it
takes 28 days to break a bad habit or adopt a new one. For those of us whose
relationship with God is about on the same par as our exercise regime, we may do
well to spend January less concerned about finding time to pray or knowing what
to say and more time, as the psalmist says, "Ascribing to the Lord...." We can't
deepen this friendship with God without acknowledging he is in the room. A month
of days in which we pay attention is a beginning of beautiful friendship.
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Holy God, in a nip of cold air, a strike of sunlight, the sound of traffic, the
pulse of children we acknowledge you, the giver of all life. Amen.

ELOGOS is written by Deb Grant, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Dickinson,
Texas. Replies to ELOGOS are read only by Pastor Grant. Deb Grant is the author
of ELOGOS in book form and Pedestrian Theology - both titles are available at Grant's website:

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