Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house…. (Job 29:4).
The readers of the Pew know that one of my favorite phrases in the Bible is when God searches for Adam to take a walk in the evening breeze. Eden whether you believe it existed or not was an intimate place. There was no separation between God, Adam, Eve, and their environment. It was the perfect place for them to worship God and enjoy his blessings.
Most all of us have experienced their own version of paradise. For me it is a beach, walking at sunrise or sunset, strolling in and out of the water, in conversation with God or a close friend.
The intimacy I experience there, and what each of you must experience at your own version of paradise, is but a shadow of the intimacy that God wants to experience with each and every one of us.

Bright Sun

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. — Proverbs 4:18-19
I took a walk this morning, and after a week of rain I was welcomed by a bright sun coming over the horizon. This morning was full of astonishing beauty and majesty and the air was clear. But soon the sun ascended, and I returned home to work.
As children of God there are times we are to bask in the glory of God, even as we are called to descend the mountain to labor in the valley where often the light often does not penetrate.

Simple Promise

Danny writes:
“A promise is a sacred thing; Be not in haste to make it.
But once a promise you have made; Be sure you do not break it.”
How sacred is a promise? In both Matthew and in the book of James we are cautioned to simply let our “yes” be a “yes” and our “no” be a “no”. (Matthew 5:37 ; James 5:12).
Swearing is not necessary, in fact if you read the verses literally it is forbidden.
One’s promise, one’s word is a sacred thing.
Imagine Washington, DC if all our elected officials followed Grandma Danny’s simple but profound poem.

Simple Prayer

One thing that is appealing about the far Eastern religions is there simplicity. When one prays:

“May I be granted peace; may you be granted peace, may we be granted peace, and may the world be at peace.”

We first pray for ourselves, then we pray for another, next we pray for us both, and then we pray for all living beings.

I found it interesting that even the Pope asks simply for people to pray for him. If the Pope needs our prayers perhaps somewhere out there in the world is someone else who asks simply “pray for me.”

Praying for another is a lost art, but maybe one way to begin is:

“My he/she be granted peace, may we be granted peace, may the world be granted peace.

Just a thought.