“In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”~~ Ephesians 6:18
I like bookstores. A little reading is never a bad thing, right? So, I’m in the “Health and Wellness” section of one unnamed bookstore in the Mall Saturday morning, trying to find the solution to eating too many Christmas cookies. I didn’t find that. What I did find was disturbing and then just kinda sad. The section of books I was perusing was widely sprinkled with titles such as “Get your (swear word) together”, and “The subtle art of not giving a (swear word)”, and my personal favorite, “I used to be a miserable (swear word)”. And this was in the “Health and Wellness” section? I counted how many (swear word) titles there were just in that section. Nine.
It would be easy to just be “shocked”, but honestly, I wasn’t shocked. I’ve heard that sort of language more and more frequently these days. Yes. It’s in the culture of media, over-familiarity and shock-value. But it’s also in us as sinners, that we think so poorly of ourselves that we would identify with and want to purchase a book entitled, “Everything is (swear word, (past tense))”. Do we often feel so badly about how things are going that we’d feel the need to purchase such a book? No, probably not, but maybe sometimes…yes.
Frustration. Anger. Despair. They pressurize the system, your system, don’t they? They drive you to action. But today and everyday in these days of bleak early and mid-winter, let me ask that you direct your frustration and anger and despair…into prayer.
Pray to God.
Fervent prayer. Upset, angry, despairing prayer. Pray the “Oh God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” prayer of the hurt, the crying, and the forlorn. Let out these feelings in prayer. God is listening. To you. Watching. You. Responding to you.
Prayer. It’s not just for “Bow your heads”, is it? It’s for “Calm the (swear word) down” too.
See you in church.