Posted by: Bob Clark | June 18, 2019

A prayer of confession

By including the following prayer of confession (from The Book of Common Prayer) in my morning prayer liturgy, I am reminded of my sins and God’s grace and forgiveness.

Remembering my sins and God’s grace affects how I treat people throughout the day. How can I judge others when I sin, too? When I have had God’s grace generously poured out on me, how can I not share that grace with others?

I cannot imagine beginning the day without praying this prayer.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.

Amen.

Posted by: Bob Clark | June 6, 2019

Sitting with God

Nothing gets the day started like sitting with God.

Just sitting.

Some days as my sitting comes to a close I feel eager to begin the activities of the day.

Other days I don’t want my sit to end, I just wish I could continue this special communion a little longer.

Today I want to keep sitting with God, but my heart is full and I know I’m ready for the day, come what may.

As my sit ends, I am already looking forward to this special time tomorrow.

Sitting with God.

Just sitting.

Posted by: Bob Clark | June 5, 2019

Some days

Some days it’s, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Other days it’s, “Know that I am God and be still.”

Every day the key components are being still and knowing God.

Posted by: Bob Clark | May 30, 2019

Ascension Day

Imagine standing there, watching Jesus ascend. It’s easy if you try.

So Jesus ascended, and now…

He is seated.

He watches over.

He intercedes.

He reigns.

Praise be to God!

Posted by: Bob Clark | May 24, 2019

Breathe

Inhale.

Exhale.

Repeat.

Without thinking.

Without effort.

Just breathe.

As two friends are struggling to breathe, I am reminded how easy it is to take functional lungs for granted.

Inhale.

Exhale.

Repeat.

Without thinking.

Without effort.

Just breathe.

Lord, have mercy.

Posted by: Bob Clark | May 23, 2019

Fully Present

I try. I really do. I try to be fully present in conversations.

I try to lock on to the person talking. I try to listen to each word. I try to respect my conversation partner. I try to deeply listen.

I try, and often I do.

But there was this conversation I was in a couple of weeks ago when, try as I might, I was not fully present. And all of a sudden I had this startling realization that I was in the middle of a conversation and I was not focused.

Have you ever had that feeling?

I was disappointed in myself. I felt as though I had disrespected my conversation partner.

It has been a couple of weeks and I still remember. I don’t want to forget the feeling.

I am going to keep trying. I’m not going to give up on myself.

Posted by: Bob Clark | May 21, 2019

Generosity

So a billionaire announced in a speech at the Morehouse College graduation assembly that he and his family were creating a grant to pay the school loan debt of the entire graduating class.

Think of how great it must feel to receive a gift like that. Did you see the looks on the faces of graduates as they realized the significance of what was being announced?

And think of how great it must feel to give a gift like that. That grant has the potential of changing a lot of lives.

I’ve read lists from several people declaring all the lavish gifts they would give if only they were billionaires.

But maybe those of us who are not billionaires would be better off looking for ways to bless people now, with what we do have, rather than waiting until we get our first billion.

You and I may not be billionaires, but we can generously use whatever we do have today to bless others.

Posted by: Bob Clark | May 20, 2019

Best practices

Best practices: If I won’t say it directly to someone in face-to-face conversation, I shouldn’t passive-aggressively post it on social media.

Posted by: Bob Clark | May 17, 2019

Best practices

Best practices: If I won’t say it directly to someone in face-to-face conversation, I shouldn’t passive-aggressively say it in a sermon.

Posted by: Bob Clark | May 16, 2019

What did you say?

I was reading in the living room when I heard my wife from the kitchen excitedly saying, “The whisk is one of my favorite kitchen tools.”

I put my book down and asked her to repeat what she had said, just to make sure I heard her correctly.

Yep.

So now I am sitting there, book in my lap, pondering, “People have favorite kitchen tools?”

And after a minute or so I am thinking, “My wife has a favorite kitchen tool, and it’s the whisk?”

And finally, “It took me nearly 40 years of sharing life with this woman to learn this about her?”

This weekend we celebrate 40 years of marriage and I gotta tell you, I love it everytime I learn something new about her.

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