— Midweek Meditations:
thoughts, inspiration and encouragement
from ACF community members —
Usually during lent I choose to fast something and, not just anything, but something that I really enjoy. Most of the time it has been coffee, but alcohol and cake have also been options. I, like so many other people, have fasted not to punish myself but in the hope that when I crave these special treats, I would be reminded of Jesus and His suffering of the cross.
This year I decided not to fast, but to add something into my daily routine. I have started spending time just being before God, focusing on Him and, in the stillness, trying to understand who He is and who He says I am. Each day is different and, I must admit, sometimes my mind wanders from what I will make for lunch to people for whom I could pray. Amidst my distracted, scatterbrained thoughts, one thread has risen above all the distractions– incredible sense of God’s love for me.
A song that has echoed in my thoughts since I’ve started these segments of stillness before God is “I am your Beloved” from Jonathan and Melissa Heller. You can hear it here. The lyrics are chocked full of powerful statements. Here are just a few:
“I am your Beloved, one the Father loves.”
“There’s no accusation or condemnation when I look into the Father’s eyes.”
“I can hear a voice that is louder than the thunder reminding me of who I am.”
“The one who loves me best is the one who loves me most.”
“There is nothing I have done that could change the Father’s love.”
The one that gets me most is, “I can hear the feet of the Father running. It’s like a stampede of grace coming my way, mercy I have never earned, grace I have never deserved, coming to bring me home again.” It blows me away to think that the Creator of all things is running towards me. The patter of His feet breaks through my random stream of thoughts, my worries and concerns and fills me with awe and wonder.
It’s incredible to think that no matter how often we might run away from Him in thought or deed, He will be running after us like a stampede of grace that covers all things that might get in the way! Could you use a few moments of stillness before the Lord or maybe one of the truths mentioned in this song? Can you hear the feet of the Father running to you? I invite you to join me in listening….the stampede of grace is coming for each of us!
The ACF Midweek Meditations
are written by a diverse group of our church members with the intention to seek God’s fingerprints in our lives. They range from somber to humorous and are inspired by all facets of live and faith. Written by ordinary people from all walks of life, they reflect a wide range of Christian backgrounds and spiritualities.
Each week’s text portrays the individual viewpoint of its author. They might not always resonate with everyone, and are not meant to be understood as representing the Anglican Church Freiburg as a whole. Yet, as a church that is aiming to ‘Build a Community of Grace’ we seek to practice learning from and listening to one another.
We pray that these humble ponderings add a small spark of blessing to your week.