I love to find the meanings of different things. I love the meaning behind my name and the meanings people tell me are behind their favorite things, like jewelry, heirlooms, or other treasures they own. I love the meaning in the presents I get at Christmas, often more than the presents themselves! The meaning an object has makes it so much more special to me. But meaning is meant to be found in the spiritual part of our lives as well as the physical and mental parts.
Last weekend, Lauren Snyder talked about how to cultivate meaningfulness in our hearts. She spoke on how to welcome the meaningful, rather than wallowing in the meh.
Do you remember when you first accepted Christ? Or a time when you felt God’s presence all around and in you? In those moments, everything feels so beautiful and full of adventure and mystery. But after a while, we find ourselves falling into meh spiritual practices, like praying the same self-centered words over and over, or reading the Bible but not taking in its message. But it is so life-giving to make them meaningful again.
The only way to do that is to welcome God back in. Sometimes, you and I shut him out, trying to live our own way and not trusting his perfect plan. Lauren said that every morning, she says a certain prayer to help her welcome God back in. She invited us to read it, take it in, and throw the doors open wide for God.
“The Welcoming Prayer” by Father Thomas Keating
Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me today because I know it’s for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons, situations, and conditions.
I let go of my desire for power and control.
I let go of my desire for affection, esteem, approval, and pleasure.
I let go of my desire for survival and security.
I let go of my desire to change any situation, condition, person or myself.
I open to the love and presence of God and God’s action within. Amen.
Can you imagine how much more meaningful, how special and life-changing, our lives would become if we focused on trusting God in every hour of every day? God is mercifully waiting for us to welcome him in.
21 Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: 22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” 25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
Into what areas do you want to spend extra time inviting God? Which part of the “Welcoming Prayer” is the hardest for you to trust God with?
If you haven’t taken GrowthTrack (or it’s been a while), you should certainly experience it. There are few things more meaningful than living out God’s purpose for you, and GrowthTrack helps you discover it.
If you know anyone who doesn’t attend a life-giving church, invite them to Halloweekend this month. There are some fun things planned!
Father, I welcome you into every part of my life! Help me to trust you all the time. I mess up often, but your mercies are so great. I cannot even comprehend your faithfulness! Thank you for wanting to come into my heart. Amen.
This post was written by Lydia Snyder. Lydia has been a story-lover for as long as she can remember, often found reading books or writing. She is thrilled to be making a difference by inspiring others to take part in the best story ever – God’s story. Lydia lives with her three wonderful siblings and two amazing parents.
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