From the Inside Out

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. 
                                            ~ Anne Lamott
 
 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.
                                           ~ Romans 12:1-2
 
 
  
     Last night, I experienced worship in an intimate setting:  a few people, some candles, prayer, communion, singing, reflection.
     We were invited to virtually  put all our cares in a shopping bag and go to the door, empty the bag, and bring it back.
     The worship progressed through all of the above with the thread of grace. It was cleansing, challenging, quiet, perfect.  I loved the thought that our leader gave us about communion.  It gave a whole new meaning to the word “remember.”
     In addition to recalling the night the Lord was betrayed,  we were asked to think about the word in contrast to the word dis-member, the suggestion that when we partake in the Lord’s Supper, we don’t take him apart, but by participating we put Him, the Body of Christ, back together.
     It gave me a whole new way to pray.  Not only for healing, for being made whole, but for the entire body of Christ to experience this healing. this unity from the inside out.  The song below came into my head immediately when I read the scripture.
     Meditate on it today.  Give Him control from the inside out.
Because of Him,
Linda
From the Inside Out.
Hillsong
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