EPIPHANY: 

THE FATHER REVEALED IN THE SON


"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. 

Walk with me and work with me -- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. 

I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." 


(Matthew 28-30, MSG)

REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE; AND WHOSE YOU ARE.


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SFMC Tree of SPIRITUAL practices


A TERRIBLE PRAYER



I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TERRIBLE AT PRAYING.

I FORGET.

MY MIND WANDERS.

I FALL ASLEEP.

I DON'T PRAY ENOUGH.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT PRAYER IS

OR WHAT PRAYER DOES.


IF PRAYER WERE SCHOOL...

I WOULD FLUNK PRAYING.


BUT PRAYER ISN'T SCHOOL.

IT IS MYSTERY.


MAYBE THE MYSTERY IS...

JESUS LOVES TERRIBLE PRAYERS.

MAYBE...

WHEN I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING TO SAY, HE SAYS WHAT I CAN'T SAY.

WHEN I TALK TOO MUCH, HE CHERISHES MY TOO-MANY WORDS.

WHEN I FALL ASLEEP, HE HOLDS ME IN HIS LAP AND CARESSES MY WEARY SOUL.

WHEN I AM OVERWHELMED WITH GUILT AT MY INCONSISTENT, INADEQUATE PRAYING

HE WHISPERS, "YOUR NAME IS ALWAYS ON MY LIPS."


I AM FILLED WITH GRATITUDE, AND MY SOUL OVERFLOWS WITH THANKFULNESS AND I...

I...FIND MYSELF SAYING OVER AND OVER AGAIN, "THANK YOU."

PRAYING THE MYSTERY.



- MIKE YACONELLI