When we gaze on nature do we only see a mass of measurable matter in a vast space? I am not sure. To me I see the chaos and the regularity, but I also sense the spiritual, the numinous. Creation lives and breathes and has its being in our Creator God.
From the beginning God speaks and forms and fills. To the ground he says produce vegetation, to the earth he says produce animals and they do. God who is Spirit works with matter and all things are formed as by his word. Life becomes alive through the breath of God.
And with this foundation of faith we are called to pray: we are being called by faith into God. Our words and the meditations of our hearts matter.
Faith, like gravity is known by its effects. Faith sometimes heals and supercharges nature to do the unexpected which we call miracles. Jesus says time and again that faith heals and delivers. He points to the Father and says he is the way the truth and the life. Jesus shows us what it is to be fully human and engage with the power of faith.
To be fully human is to be creative, to see the good and to invest our hearts and minds in it; sometimes we are silenced, sometimes we speak words and sometimes the words make sense. Our groans speak and ask and our faith forms and fills creation as we participate in the divine. This is beyond arguments about power and love; faith is power acting through love. Works of power happen, healing happens, but we are caught up in the fact that we are accepted by God; we belong. When we speak about love it is more than what we read in scripture but not less; love is patient and kind and does not insist on its own way.
We can trust that God is doing the most loving thing and the most loving thing might be that we are called to have faith for the miraculous. The mystery is that we are forgiven and redeemed and that we are faithful to the call to love. Perfection is in hearing and acting from where we are. God is who he is and will be who he will be; he is our provider and healer – God is love. God works and faith works, and our work is to believe in the Father and to listen and act on what we hear. Just as Jesus sees and does what he sees the Father do, we are called into this relationship to be the eyes and ears, the hands and feet and the voice of God in our times, to do what we see Jesus doing.
As God sets in our hearts the needs of others and our own needs, we ask; we allow the meditation of your hearts and minds to build faith and pray.
Speak out the goodness; Father your will be done on the Earth as it is in your good and perfect presence in heaven.
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork…
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
1 Corinthians 12:12-31
…Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts.
Then Jesus, …unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!“
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
(From the hymn: Great is thy Faithfulness)
We meet at the chapel on a Wednesday evening at 8pm until 8-40pm for a period of prayer including 20 minutes silent prayer.