Now I, Daniel, needed help understanding the vision I saw. Suddenly standing in front of me was someone who looked like a man. I then heard a human voice coming out of the center of the Ulai canal. It called out:
“Gabriel, help this person understand what he has seen.”
When we were kids over the summer on the Jersey Shore, we would love to play in the waves. Sometimes after strong storms, the ocean would look calm, but the waves were still big. Occasionally a very large wave would break. Then we would have to dive deeper beneath the rolling foam so as not to get tossed about.
That’s something how Daniel must have felt with the overpowering force of the vision that came his way. He must have had to dive deeper into prayer and trust in the Lord, so that he would not be frightened to death.
And so it was because of his faithfulness, that the Angel Gabriel came to him to help him understand the vision and to remind him that God is still in charge of the world. This is the same angel that came to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, and to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
So when things happen that frighten you, go to your place of prayer and dive deeper into trust in the Lord…maybe lying face down as Daniel did, so as to allow any harsh “waves” to flow right over you. Know that the Holy Spirit will show up to support, sustain and inspire you.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Blessed, the poor in spirit Mt 5:3
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north, Year B.
Mondays in this season are dedicated to the Prophet Daniel.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…