Stop whatever you are doing and watch this video! In October 2012, Felix Baumgartner leapt from a balloon floating almost 24-miles high and fell back to the Earth, breaking the sound barrier on the way down. This newly released footage shows in unprecedented detail what Baumgartner saw on his record-breaking descent.
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
Re-blogged from yesterday’s Oboedire. Let us pray.
Here is my distilled essence of prayer. First, prayer is attitude. This means it includes occasional acts, but it is actually an ongoing disposition of the heart, not limited to fixed times of devotion.
Second, prayer is abandonment. It is taking every moment and saying, “Not my will but thine be done.” It is the surrender of egotism and the offering of our lives to God–what Saint Francis called being “an instrument of Your peace.”
And third, prayer is attentiveness, so that God can communicate with us as much in the ordinary moment as in the spectacular ones.
Almost everything else about prayer emerges from one of these three elements. In them we find the foundation for both personal and corporate prayer.
“Grace strike us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk though the dark valley of a meaningless and empty life…it strikes us when, year after year, the longed-for perfection does not appear, when the old compulsions reign within us as they have for decades, when despair destroys all joy and courage.
Sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying: “You are accepted. You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you, and the name of which you do not know. Do not ask for the name now; perhaps you will find it later. Do not try to do anything now; perhaps later you will do much. Do not seek for anything, do not perform anything, do not intend anything. Simply accept the fact that you are accepted.”
~ Paul Tillich, The Shaking of the Foundations
It is through Grace that we began life on this Earth and it is through Grace that we are “born again.” When we accept this in our hearts is completely up to us. No pressure. 🙂
“The Good News means we can stop lying to ourselves. The sweet sound of amazing grace saves us from the necessity of self deception. It keeps us from denying that though Christ was victorious, the battle with lust, greed and pride still rages within us.
As a sinner who has been redeemed, I can acknowledge that I am often unloving, irritable, angry and resentful with those closest to me. When I go to church I can leave my white hat at home and admit I have failed. God not only loves me as I am, but also knows me as I am. Because of this I don’t need to apply spiritual cosmetics to make myself presentable to Him. I can accept ownership of my poverty and powerlessness and neediness.”
~ Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel
Regardless of age and experience on this Earth, we are all children and we are loved.
If you have a minute this morning, watch this short video with Brennan Manning and listen to him remark on falling in love with God over and over again during his lifetime. There aren’t any words I can add to this except to say you know when you’re hearing the truth and it is powerful. This is it.
“We cannot change the world by a new plan, project or idea. We cannot even change other people by our convictions, stories, advice, and proposals, but we can offer a space where people are encouraged to disarm themselves, to lay aside their occupations and preoccupations and to listen with attention and care to the voices speaking in their own center.”