Sally gives us the 5 this week.
Part of the Ascension Day Scripture from Acts 11 contains this promise from Jesus;
you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you
will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the
ends of the earth.”
Then he was taken from their sight into the
clouds, two angels appeared and instructed the probably bewildered
disciples to go back to Jerusalem, where they began to wait and to pray
for the gift Jesus had promised.
Prayer is a joy to some of us, and a chore to others, waiting likewise can be filled with anticipation or anxiety….
So how do you wait and pray?
As a starting note, sometimes when I read or hear something – a song just rolls in. These Friday 5 questions brought this song into my head. It is one of my most favorite from Taize. The link to the music from Taize is here. Do, if you have a second, give it a listen.
1. How do you pray best, alone or with others?
Others. I still don’t have the hang of the alone thing (this goes for prayer and otherwise, as I am a highly social/relational being). It’s not something I am necessarily proud of, but something I have come to accept.
2. Do you enjoy the discipline of waiting, is it a time of anticipation or anxiety?
It really depends. For the most part I think of myself as patient. But I can name, quite honestly, that waiting to find out lo those many years if my mom was still alive or deceased, was, you call it anxiety, for me it ranged from depressed, to beaten down, to anger, frustration, torture, and finally some days it could become submission.
3. Is there a time when you have waited upon God for a specific promise?
Its a funny question, I don’t feel like God has promised me anything but love. And I have never felt that God withheld that from me. I HAVE thought that if I asked for something, in Jesus name, that I would receive it. And I do believe this to be true. But the rest is God’s timing, which in my experience is not a promise that God makes. God’s no Domino’s pizza, you know?
4. Do you prefer stillness or action?
Action. (I am sure anyone who is a spiritual director is thinking right now I am a prime case for your services.)
If (and this is slightly tongue in cheek) you were promised one gift
spiritual or otherwise what would you choose to receive?
I already have it. I have a beautiful life: a delightful and wonderful partner who loves me, a family who loves me, a job that I love, and the knowledge that my mom does in fact rest in peace. The only other thing that I am waiting on is the lottery.