Do you remember that feeling of excited anticipation as you looked forward to something? Perhaps it was Christmas Day as a child with the thought of new toys. Or maybe it was your wedding day. Or perhaps just something as simple as a weekend away with friends, vacation, or the end of exams. Well, leading up to the birth of Jesus, hundreds of years had past in anticipation. And hundreds of years of anticipation was about to be realised. God was about to show up in a very unusual way…
“Stand and fight” or “turn and run” and knowing when to do what are the words of Chris Nilan, former Stanley cup winner with the Montreal Canadians in a recent CBC radio interview. When faced with a difficult circumstance, having both the awareness and the inner strength to respond correctly will determine whether a trial we face will become a trap or an opportunity to grow. This is what we will look at this week as we close out our series on the Lord’s Prayer.
What is the hardest thing that you have ever had to admit? For many, it’s simply admitting that they were wrong. When you are wrong – it usually involves saying “I’m sorry.” When you have been wronged, it means coming to a place of saying “I forgive you.” What is it that makes either situation so hard to do? That is what we will look at this week as we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer.
Sometimes, lessons for life’s journeys can be found in the most unusual of places. Have you ever noticed how your television remote control is constructed? It has many features – a play button, a rewind button, a record button. The developer of this device also thought about including… a pause button. Shouldn’t we include this feature in our lives as well? No matter how busy or difficult our circumstances, we all need to press pause at times. This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada. The holiday is a good reminder for us to press pause on all the challenging parts of our lives and consider instead how blessed we really are. This idea of changing our focus from ourselves and our problems to God and his goodness fits well with this week’s theme on “Adoration” as we continue our series on The Lord’s Prayer.
Up until the 1970’s it was typical for Canadian children to recite the Lord’s Prayer each day at school. Even now, those not familiar with the Bible will likely have heard it at some point in their lives. The Los Angeles Times reported that on Easter Sunday 2007, it was estimated that many of the two billion Catholic, Anglican, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Christians who were sharing in the celebration of Easter would read, recite, or sing the short prayer in hundreds of languages. Why is this prayer so famous? And what can we learn from it today?
Wouldn’t it be great to have The Endless Summer just like the 1966 iconic surf movie? Its title comes from the idea, expressed at both the beginning and end of the film, that if you had enough time and money it would be possible to travel and follow the summer around the world – in effect making our summer endless. But for most of us, that is not reality. So as summer draws to a close, we start a new season of work. There are seasons and ‘rhythms’ in life, including the rhythms of work and rest. This week we will look at what the Bible has to say about the importance of these rhythms and how to manage them to truly enjoy and thrive in this life.