It is the Father who speaks, it is the Word that is spoken, it is the Breath that makes the sound, and it is in silence we hear. Lord, quiet our hearts and minds, open them to your Presence, and order them to Your will.
It is a wonderful assurance we have that we belong – we belong to God. Not because of anything we have done, but because in love God Godself has brought us near. It is by God’s own work of grace through which God has destroyed all that has made us outsiders and brought us into relationship and fellowship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. A recent message of Dr. Stone’s was on the passage in
The deeper spiritual life directly relates both to our ongoing transformation into the image and likeness of God and to our need for grace, capacity, and empowerment in our active service in love to others in the world. Really, it is about being drawn into Christ’s very own mission by our self-surrender to God’s self-gift and initiative. Praying more deeply begins with humility, the realization and admission that we can not pray at all! In