Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Reflection on Morning Prayer: Our Standing Before God

Following the 1928 prayer book, the Old Testament lesson for morning prayer is taken from Ezekiel 2. In the first chapter, God reveals himself to Ezekiel. God, riding a great fiery chariot, is accompanied by four creatures with four different faces. Terrified by this sight, Ezekiel falls on his face. Ezekiel could not take his stand before God. This is a lesson for us. Because we have no right standing before almighty God, the only response we can have when we are presented with God's glory is to fall on our face.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Here Be Dragons!

Cartographers from ancient days would often include the warning "here be dragons" in their maps. These warnings represented parts of the sea that were yet to be conquered; the parts of the sea that remained mysterious. If you were a ship's captain in the ancient days, this warning served to keep you from venturing too far into the deep unknown. You never knew what you might find. You might come across dragons.