Saturday, April 20, 2013

Back in the saddle again

I saw a job posting in the writing section of craigslist that was looking for a blog writer for a pastor. I am not a pastor but I can certainly write that way and I submitted a sample. I decided that if I didn't get the job, I would start posting on my own blog. It's good writing practice and it might help me with my spiritual journey which is stopped at a truck stop somewhere. I will write on a regular basis starting with this (this is the sample I submitted).

 Across a Crowded Room …
Some enchanted evening
You may see a stranger,
you may see a stranger
Across a crowded room
And somehow you know,
You know even then
That somewhere you'll see him
Again and again.
Once you have found him,
Never let him go.
From South Pacific by Rogers and Hammerstein

Most of us living in New York City are looking for love. Even if we tell all our friends we are done looking, we’re still looking. We scan faces on the subway, at a party, at the office, thinking, “Is this the one?” Some of us may even be in a committed relationship or married but still looking for love!

 What I’m going to suggest may sound … weird to you. But, hear me out. Instead of looking for a boyfriend or girlfriend to “complete” you, look for God. Let the love of God “complete” you. If you feel there is something in your life that is lacking, that is God’s way of telling you, “Here I am! Across a crowded room!” 

And that room is crowded! It’s crowded with all sorts of distractions we use to avoid God; work, friends, family commitments, the gym, Facebook, Pinterest, Saturday night out with friends. But God loves you and is calling to you. It might not seem to you that God is calling to you. But get beyond the racket of that “crowded room” and listen. You will hear God in a whisper, a persistent whisper. And what God is saying, over and over again in that whisper is, “I love you.”

God has a plan for your life. God held your hand through the hard times of your past. God is with you right now. God is waiting for you in your future. God is looking forward to you uncovering the great plan that is just for you. But, you can’t do it on your own. You need God’s help and God is always willing to help.

 I suggest you say to God, “I’m listening! Take my hand and guide me to the life you have in store for me. I’m willing, with your help. I love you, too.”

 Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.