Giants

by Beth Richardson on June 18, 2012 · 5 comments

Peace Be Still

Monday, June 18. In 1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49 we find the familiar story of David and Goliath. What giants in your life threaten to overwhelm you?

What tools has God given you to struggle against those giants in your life?

Words from The Word: Listen! This is the hour to receive God’s favor; today is the day to be saved! -2 Corinthians 6:2, GNT

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Hear and pray the words of Mark 4:34-41.

Pray for: the people and country of Brazil.

Spiritual Tools: This week, try the Ignatian Method as a process of discerning God’s call to you.

Quote:

Sooner or later, Christian spiritual growth puts you right up against the conflict between your voracious desire to stay in control and your call to surrender more deeply. Not all control is detrimental, of course, but you do need to give up trying to control the uncontrollable and learn to trust that all is in God’s hands.

-Tilda Norberg
Gathered Together: Creating Personal Liturgies for Healing and Transformation

From p. 50 of Gathered Together: Creating Personal Liturgies for Healing and Transformation by Tilda Norberg. Copyright (c) 2007 by Tilda Norberg. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Prayer: God of stillness, hush my fears so that I can hear your voice above the roar of the storms that batter my small boat. Amen.


Art Credit: He Qi – Peace Be Still from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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Joan June 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

What? I came here to see all the tools and no one has responded! Are we all out fighting dragons on a Monday morning?

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Beth Richardson June 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Hi, Joan,

:-)

Guess there might be tool inventories going on all over the place this morning.

Check back later. We’ll see if folks chime in …

Beth

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Beth Richardson June 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

My biggest giant is fear. The tool(s) I use against the Giant of Fear:

* prayer — surrendering the fear
* talking to a friend about the fear — it helps to say it out loud
* faith and trust

Blessings to all,
Beth

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Buzz June 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm

My giant is the Bi-polar Personality Disorder.
The tools I use are psychotropic medication.
Prayer.

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Molly June 19, 2012 at 12:48 am

Thanks, Beth. Yes, it took a while to clarify my thinking.
I can’t improve on your tools.
For many years I carried Bach Flower Rescue Remedy in my bag, and used it often. Fear was, as long as I can remember , a huge giant in my life… Fear of many things.
However, I have to say that my main tool has been and is, prayer. And as my understanding of prayer , and the relationship with God that develops, has grown, so has my equilibrium. e.g. I no longer feel the need to carry the Rescue Remedy.
These days I also have a medical practitioner who is very supportive and she did pick up a number of neglected health issues that needed attention. That made a big difference too. I see her as part of the tools God supplied, for , in better health, I cope better.
In some ways , some giants are getting bigger as I get older, but they bother me less and less as I am learning to trust God more. Sometimes I can hardly believe how much I have changed … or really, how God has changed me over the years. Surrendering the giant into God’s hands is important , as Beth says. (There is always a danger that we hang on to it, instead of handing it over, or maybe dig it up again.)
This perhaps sounds very trite, but I can think of no other satisfactory way to describe it. God is truly a wonderful carer and supplier of what we need.

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