“Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know
that it was necessary for me to be in my Father’s house?”
The image in this Firestarter, is one that I have had on the wall of my room since I was a young boy. It depicts Christ at the age of five. Gaze at the picture and notice what lies at Jesus’ feet…then notice what happens to Jesus’ face as he looks up to heaven to feel connected with his heavenly Father.
You might imitate the picture and do what Jesus does: sit in silence with your hands open on your lap, your eyes lifted toward heaven to your Father and God. Jesus trusted in his Father when he saw those scraps of wood in Joseph’s shop fall into the form of a cross; he thought of what this might mean in his future. You too: lift your eyes to heaven in an act of wonder and trust about whatever the future is going to be like for you. Whether it will be harpy or sad, easy or difficult, marked by joy or some sadness, what matters most of all is that God is with you and will be with you, as the Father of Jesus was with him. So pause, rest, let yourself sit like Jesus in that picture, and be one with Jesus who trusts his Father-God in everything.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
Being in my Father’s house v. 49
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is Epiphany Week
Winter in the north. Year C
On Fridays we read the Gospel of Luke
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
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…