Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Jan. 18, 2009
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devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put
to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me."
"I think I believe in God," confided a gay man,
"but I don't trust God." I listened prayerfully
as he continued to share painful experiences
from past "Bible bashing" by well-intentioned,
homophobic Christians. The Bible had been
frequently used as a weapon against him. He
was reluctant to use it as a spiritual resource.
His spiritual injuries were soul deep.
Many people have spiritual injuries. Perhaps
we were abused as children or adults. Many of
us have been betrayed, disappointed, and
disillusioned by life. Life is difficult and
sometimes enormously unfair. But it can also
be incredibly beautiful, fulfilling, and
Whatever our life situation or sexual orientation
may be, the Psalms are prayers that have stood
the test of time. They are good for our souls
and full of soul food. They give us the language
of prayer. The Psalms empower our prayer life,
equipping and energizing our honest heart to
heart conversations with God. The Psalms help
us with words when we are speechless and have
feelings too deep for words.
The Psalms are completely non-homophobic. The
primary author was King David. David was
passionately in love with a man named Jonathan.
He loved Jonathan with a depth and passion that
surpassed the love of women. These written
prayers are safe for all people. Praying them
can help us begin our own conversations with
God. As we linger in conversation, trust will
gradually grow. As trust grows, love will
deepen. We can both trust and love God with
all our hearts and souls, secret dreams and
hopes, hurts and disappointments.
The Psalms give us prayers from the heart.
People from all walks of life have found in
the Psalms words of faith, hope, and love as
they struggled to pray. If you have never
read the Psalms before, consider an adventure
with God in the year ahead. There are 150
Psalms that give us words for prayer, words of
praise, lament, anger, and confession of sin
and great statements of faith. Try reading
one a day. Before the year is half over, you
will have read the entire prayer collection.
In praying them, you will find God is enough.
God is trustworthy. God is faithful. God is
with us everywhere. God knows when we sit,
stand, speak, and are silent. God cares.
God helps. God rescues.
God, help us trust you anew this year. Help
us have many wonderful conversations with you.
Grace and peace,
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