Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 18, 2004
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 18, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from the soon-to-be-published
new book of daily devotions, written by the Rev. Dr.
Sandra Bochonok, called "Living as the Beloved: One
Day at a Time."
Please get out your Bible, read the verse from the
Psalm and Dr. Bochonok's meditation. We hope you
will be blessed.
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Please read Psalm 25:2a
"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
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,
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 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,
Chi Rho Press
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