Lord, help me today to see beauty in dreary places, to hear laughter where there is misery, to inspire hope where there is only despair, to latch on to truth wherever it is evident, to encourage creativity wherever it is showing, and to share joy with all who rejoice. In Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord God let the name of Jesus Christ ring through the world today. May it gladden sad hearts, convince doubters of the truth, convey pardon to those who are wrestling with guilt for their sins, healing to those who are ill, and hope to those who are overwhelmed by trouble. In his name. AMEN
Lord God, I pray for those married couples who are struggling in their relationship together. Help them to remember happier times and that they pledged themselves to each other “for better for worse”. Rekindle their love and point them forwards. In Jesus Christ’s name. AMEN
“The deeper your love, the higher it goes; every cloud is a flag to your faithfulness”.
Psalm 57:10 EHP
Talking about God is an unending search for language to apply to him and to what he does. The God we don’t see, cannot touch or “hear” nevertheless comes to us and “speaks”. In one sense we can say that he belongs to another world. But we only have words, thoughts, ideas, parallels, images, names and activities that we know and can see from this world. So all the words we use are “this world” words.
Height is an almost universal sense we have of God. One of the names ancient people applied to one of the original deities of the area around Jerusalem was “God Most High”. That was before the Israelites arrived there. It seemed to fit their God so they took the name over and used it occasionally for their God. “High” is a word expressing superiority, rank, supremacy, eminence and leadership. It is particularly appropriate for God because it suggests transcendence. God is not a next-door pal, he is “high and lifted up”. As the Israelites experienced God as loving them the psalm-writer could describe God’s love as high and deep, his faithfulness being pointed to by every cloud in the sky.
When the angels sang at the birth of Jesus they were “in the sky”. When he ascended, he went upwards. But Jesus was God “coming down to earth” in human form. This way of thinking gives us balance. He is not only high and lifted up. He is close, and “walks with us” like a friend. The two ways of putting it don’t cancel each out. They complement each other – for both are true.
Lord help me to stretch my understanding of all you are.
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