What Should We Do?

Acts 2:37.   “Now they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?

Lent is over for another year, Easter has come and gone, and after all that prayer, fasting, meditation, and service you too might feel like the people listening to Peter and asking, “What should we do?”
We are open and willing to do new things, but sure could use a hint or nudge from God.
Peter told the crowd to repent, be baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit. Not a bad start.
 Anne Lamott wrote a whole book on how to write. She summed it up in the title — “Bird by Bird.”
The key is not where to start, but to start. We may not get it right at first, but God will nudge, shove, and push you where he wants you go. Take that first step and then one more and whether it is word-by-word, bird-by-bird, or step-by-step the journey begins.

The Hubbell Pew Keeps On Going

The Hubbell Pew keeps on going having completed its 11th Lenten Season. It has no advertisers, but does accept modest donations to keep it going. That’s my annual plug for the site, but for the curious here are a few interesting facts:

  1. So far over 1250 unique meditations have been posted, and can be researched by using the new search feature on the site.
  2. It has withstood over 46,000 spam attacks.
  3. With a few breaks for contemplation and meditation a new meditation has been posted five times a week for almost five straight years.
  4. Over the last year we have added a Facebook page, and tweet the link to the post every day a new post is tweeted.

Since the first post, I felt something different; something good was about to happen. At the first posting a daily meditation seemed beyond a remote possibility, but now it allows me to walk in a new way. I have one request, if you enjoy a particular post please pass it on, and please feel free to comment. Your thoughts are more meaningful than mine.

Now consider this during your morning’s meditation:

So much of what we live goes inside our head and our heart, never expressed but heard and understood by God.

Consider our days of grief spent alone with one’s thoughts, those tongue-tied moments when we want to cry out. God senses our grief, and listens to our unsaid words.

God understands that unacknowledged love is no less real, and that which we conceal is always more than we dare confide.

The letters we write to both the living and the dead in our hearts are read thoroughly by God.

Wednesday In Holy Week

I head out today to join my whole family for Easter. All the kids and grandkids in one house. Should be a hoot! So today marks the last of the Lenten Pews, I hope you have enjoyed and gotten something out of them this year. The Hubbell Pew will take an Easter break and return in a week. I hope all the readers have a wonderful Easter.

I think we each receive a huge sign from God on how to live our life from considering the gifts he gives each and every one of us.
God gives us the gifts of life, love, and mercy because he knows how these gifts can change us and empower us. We are given these gifts to share them with our neighbors.
During the remainder of Holy week give some thought to how you might share the gifts of life, mercy, and love.
To honor your gift of life, should you protest in some way the senseless taking of life that our society has institutionalized and allowed? Should you work with the sick and infirm? Each of us has unique skills how to use them to honor and share the gift of life you have been given.
To honor the gift of mercy, should you reach out to someone in need or crisis, or by advocating peace at home, in your community, or the world?
To honor the gift of love, do you feed the poor and children, or visit and show compassion to the lonely.
Again examine your skills and share your gifts with the world. When you do, you say thank you and honor God.

Tuesday In Holy Week

If I had the faith of a mustard seed surely the Razorbacks would have triumphed over NC in the “Big Dance” this year. Then again, Luis has more influence with the Big Guy and he’s a huge NC fan, so my prayers would have been trumped. We all know that God doesn’t intervene in basketball games, otherwise that last shot by Notre Dame against Kentucky would have gone in and erased all memories of Christian Laettner.

So what kind of faith is God asking us for?
God wants us to have faith in him. We place ourselves in his care and open ourselves up to his healing touch. Like a “mustard seed” God gives us the care and nurturing we need to grow into the fullness of the life we were meant to live. The faith we are all asked to have is simple — trust your life to God’s love, forgiveness, and mercy. He will do the rest in us.