May 13, 2021

Heartfelt Prayers: Beech Grove Benedictine Community

Praying

Vocation Prayer

O Lord,
     you know me.
You know when I sit
     and when I stand.
You have me always present
     in your mind.
For this, Lord, I thank you.
You know the path for my life
     and what is best for me.
Lord, reveal to me the path
     I am to walk.
Bless me and guide me
     and be Lord to me
so that whichever road I take
     I may do all for your glory.
     In Jesus’ name. Amen.

— “Vocation Prayer” from the Beech Grove Benedictine Community

Reflection:

Behold — Where are the eyes of your heart drawn into this prayer?
Believe — How is your faith strengthened in this prayer?
Belong — Who are you recalling as you pray this prayer?
Become — What is God inviting you to receive and thereby become as you pray this prayer?        

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Songs in Church History | Discerning God in Song Episode 03


Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Dave Currie

Singing the songs of those who have come before us, especially from other cultures and times, enhances our discernment as leaders.” – Dave Currie

God sings over us out of his great affection, and as a warrior for our soul, he protects and cares for us as his beloved. Songs have been a part of the history of the church as singing helps us stay connected to God and with one another as his children. We know there will be lots of singing in heaven; while we are here on earth, we have a foretaste of that eternal worship. Spanning the history of the church, we note the ways every tribe, nation, and language group are rehearsing for the final praiseworthy performance at the marriage supper of the Lamb!

For more information about “WHEN ISRAEL WAS IN EGYPT’S LAND”:

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Mitzi Mak

Selah-West Faculty

Mitzi started her professional life as a high school social studies teacher. She and her husband Jerry then served cross-culturally for ten+ years, living abroad first in India and then Kurdistan, N. Iraq. In addition to being a Spiritual Director, she now serves as a Formation and Care pastor in her local church in Houston, TX. She has graduated from LTI’s Selah Spiritual Direction training as well as LTI’s Emmaus Formational Leadership Program.

Mitzi enjoys engaging conversation, reading fiction, doing jigsaw/crossword puzzles, ocean gazing and exploring the world with Jerry through food and travel.

God has two main callings in Mitzi’s life: to care for those who care for others and to be a guide in helping others have a healthy relationship with the Trinity – recognizing God’s loving presence and activity in their lives and how to faithfully respond.

Selah was a transformative experience for me – allowing the contemplative within to emerge and to beautifully co-exist with my extraverted personality.