June Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The columns for 2017 have been focusing on how to grow deeper in your faith, using spiritual disciplines to do so. The disciplines that I have written about so far are: study of the Word of God; worship attendance; scripture study with others (Sunday School and Bible Study), evangelism (inviting others to church and Sunday School), confession, fasting, and prayer.

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The discipline that I would like to highlight this month is meditation. In our society today, we are filled with busyness and distractions. Many are tied intimately to their phones or to their other electronic devices. Many are involved in many, many activities. This leaves many a person exhausted and emotionally drained.

The answer from the scriptures is meditation. Many times we are called from scripture to meditate, or we see Bible figures actually meditating. Isaac went out into the field to meditate (Genesis 24:63). The Psalm writer stated, “I think of Thee upon my bed, and meditate on Thee in the watches of the night.” (Psalm 63:6) We are to emulate the blessed person whose delight is in the Lord and His law, upon which we are to “meditate upon it day and night.” (Psalm 1:2)

I could go on but we need to define what it means to meditate. Meditation means not only to listen to God and God’s Word but also to reflect upon God’s Word and His works. We are to ruminate upon God’s law and see how we are following it. We are to look at God’s creation and marvel at its beauty and thus God’s majesty.

As we do this, we will be blessed to experience God at a deeper level. We will begin to discern God’s will in our lives and thus have a clearer direction for what we are to do. As a result of meditation, we will need less running after the trends and events of the day, and we will receive more calm and assurance in our lives. Thomas a Kempis, a spiritual writer of a day gone by, stated that meditation will bring us into a “familiar friendship with Jesus.”

As we spend time pondering God’s creation, may God help us to live out our mission statement to the world that we are grounded in grace, living in love, and growing for God.

In Christ’s Love, Pastor Mark