Wednesday, February 21, 2007

An Ancient Crossroad

Ash Wednesday. To me, a Christian who goes to a Lutheran church, this is a day of reflection. A day to prepare for the time to come. A day to realize my cry to the Lord for His salvation. It's a day to stand and watch, ask and wait, worship and recognize. This day is the much needed beginning to stop and listen. What are you looking for today? How will you find your answers?

“This is what the Lord says, ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’
But you said ‘We will not walk in it’”
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

When I was young, I thought prayer meant getting on my knees and folding my hands by my little bed. Now I realize that prayer is as much the concentrated moments as it is a way of being with the Lord in day to day living. I think of prayer as an on-going conversational relationship rather than a “stop and drop” formal activity. Prayer, for me, is focus on God when I get up, or lie down, or walk along the way.

I talk to God as I experience normal daily moments. He’s more my constant companion than a far off pen pal. I talk to Him in conversational prayers that come in many forms. Some that I like to use are breath prayers, driving chats, and singing praises to the Lord.

The crucial thing I had to learn was that we all communicate with friends, family, and new acquaintances by a quick word here and there, by chatting while we travel in the car together, and by singing silly songs like Happy Birthday to make them feel special. Why can’t we treat our constant companion like we have a real relationship instead of an imaginary playmate we had to put away with our childhood toys? There’s always formal prayer, but why cut ourselves out of a conversational relationship with a good friend? That’s as much a real prayer to me as kneeling at an altar.

What way can you express a desire to build a relationship with God?
Are there any heart hurts you can’t express in depth?
Could you try one to three words instead?
What tune stuck in your head lately?
Can you play with praise words to the tune?

Dear Lord,

Please help me learn to communicate with you in a meaningful way. I desire a relationship with you, not just one of a distant relative. Fill me with ideas and creativity to try new ways to share my life with you. Please come into and share my life. Help me to understand how to really be with you every day.
In Jesus Name,

Thanks for being with us today,


  1. Great post to take through the day, Angie.
    I'm like you in that I think prayer is an ongoing communication. I was looking at a scripture on my desk yesterday that is faded and I can barely read it but in there were the words
    "pray continuously"
    I love the emotions that come throughout the day from prayer-praise-and pleas with God.
    Pure joy---peace---hope.

  2. I whole-heartedly agree, Ang. Prayer doesn't have to be a stop and drop, it's all about communicating. Telling Him how we feel, talking to Him about it. Nothing is too big or too small.

    Thanks, Angie.

  3. I appreciate your post today, Angie. I try to talk to God throughout the day, go to Him not only when something is heavy on my heart but when something is good, too. Sometimes I hope He is listening when I'm doing my daily chores and thinking of Him. I hope so. Your post was definitely encouragement that He is listening!

  4. Great scripture, Angie. And perfect for me today.

    I just wrote my post for tomorrow, and it has to do with Ash Wednesday also. I have a black ash cross on my forehead right now. And I"m still in a very reflective mood.

    "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls."

    I love this. Thank you, Angie.


  5. I have an ash cross on my forehead too:-) I love this service. Making us consider and reflect during this time.