Sacred Springboards

swimming-pool-149648_1280Ever feel like you have an empty heart and head when it comes to prayer?  Okay, so if you grew up in the traditional church of the 60’s and 70’s, you always have the fallback of the Lord’s Prayer and maybe Psalm 23, but sometimes even those inspired pieces of liturgy are coming out dry.  Reams of paper have been used up on books concerning the topic of communication with the Almighty, which we read with a renewed determination to ‘try, try again’, after which the passion cools once more and our souls start feeling as dusty as the books that now sit on the shelf.  Then there are passages in the Bible itself that seem contradictory (except they aren’t) when it talks about persistent prayer without using meaningless repetition. 

Right.  Join the club.  And I suspect it’s not an exclusive one.  But rather than just give up to my natural boredom monster (cf: About Page), it behooves me to explore other strategies in this oft times challenge to obey my Lord’s injunction to “pray without ceasing” and to “not grow weary in doing good” and all that.  If it was important to Jesus, then it must be so to me. 

But here’s the encouraging part!  Picture an Olympic diver.  (Just not one wearing a Speedo.  I’m sorry, but that 70’s style irrefutably should never have happened….)

(credit: www.pinecrestdiving.wordpress.com)
(credit: http://www.pinecrestdiving.wordpress.com)

In the beginning when he started learning this artful skill, naturally it took hours of instruction and practice, and he had a platform and/or a springboard.  The good news is, now that he has progressed to the level of an Olympian, he still uses a platform and/or springboard!!

Now, being a child of the 70’s, I used to kind of pooh-pooh the idea of scripted prayers.  The Jesus Movement that occurred in the middle of the last century brought really important reforms into the church, but there were unfortunately some really sweet babies that were thrown out the bathwater: the substantive lyrical teaching of the traditional hymns, the respect for the grandeur of Deity, and (catch this) the springboard of litany and liturgy, that is, scripted praise and prayer. 

So here is my offering.  Jesus’ modern day disciples should never feel downcast for a lack of inspirational prayer.  Because our physical bodies do have an effect on our spiritual motivation.  Because the alarm clock didn’t go off, or the baby was barfing all night.  Because I made a mistake at work, and my beloved parent is ill.  But all this overabundance of life circumstances doesn’t preclude a lack of communication with our Heavenly Father; if anything, it necessitates it even more.

This page is resource of Sacred Springboards.  Some modern, some aged, some ancient, all incredibly useful.  And you can go “off script” at any time.

(credit: www.thehindu.com)
(credit: http://www.thehindu.com)

Just be careful if you do, ‘cuz you might find yourself swimming in the deep end with God!

Here’s the selection, with new ones being added:

Very Old and Very Cool!

King David, the One and Only

1700’s-The Grace was Amazing!

John Eldredge–Waking the Dead (so to speak…)

1600’s–The Good Ole Days (NOT)

Personal Life Statement

Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

4 thoughts on “Sacred Springboards”

  1. You have fed us today with challenging material. When I compare today’s Christian marketplace with the writings from years ago, it is almost embarrassing that I choose the milk instead of the meat presented to buyers. Thanks for work being done to help me mature in my relationship with the Father.

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