CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 10, 2009

God’s form of communication? Lent Devotion #20


GOD’S FORM OF COMMUNICATION?

Lent Devotion #20

SCRIPTURE: Numbers 9:16-17  16.  So it was always: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.  17.  Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the children of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled, there the children of Israel would pitch their tents. (NKJV)

REFLECTION: According to Scriptural accounts, the first communication by “cloud” and “fire” did not occur with Native Americans but with the nomadic Israelites.

However, since this passage brings to mind Native Americans, I will reflect on them.

I had two interviews in February 1999. One was with a renowned black artist. The other was on the history of the Connellsville Armory. During both interviews I was confronted with treasures of the mid-west Blackfeet Indian descendents.

The coincidence influenced my request to my local editor to do a story on the Blackfeet Indians.

Then Penn State University, Fayette County campus, announced an upcoming program by a Blackfoot Indian. Before attending I sought some interesting questions to ask by using my modern day “cloud communicator,” my E-mail. (At my level of computer literacy I figure the messages are sent in a cloud of fire. After all, how else are they transmitted!)

Years ago, Linda discovered her Native American ancestry. She gave me a list of questions to ask the speaker (whom I was to interview after his presentation): what their first and notable experiences with ancient knowledge (visions) were; what medicine they offer (gifts/healing); what their concerns were about mankind’s future in light of the unfolding of the White Buffalo prophecy; their increasing automatic-ness of contact with the Great Spirit; how they disseminated information on the unity and salvation of the living things on this planet…and more.

Much of what she wanted me to ask could be approached and answered through scripture. But I’m seeking spiritual information from another culture. I am as interested in the answers as she is.

And I will reply to Linda via smoke signals. Which takes us full circle.

God provides various means of communication. Do you listen to him with an openness that allows you to receive the answers, even though it might be through “smoke signals?”

PRAYER: Lord, help me become more open to your ways of communication, which may not be my way. Let me hear your will for my life. AMEN

ADDITIONAL READING:

DEVOTIONS:

ARE YOU LIVING IMPAIRED?

Feasting At a Welcome-All Table

BUSY—I’M SO BUSY!!! Lent Devotion #28

Who will take our church from us? Lent Devotion #30

Ashes to Ashes: A Devotion for Ash Wednesday

The Red Tuque

And who will reach the downtrodden? Lent Devotion #18

Belonging to Jesus: Lent Devotion #7

OTHER BIBLICAL WRITINGS:

SHALOM! MY LORD AND MY GOD! The Easter Story as told by Mary

God’s Message to the World

Jesus

A PASTOR’S ROLE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Part 2

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 1

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 2

CHILD ABUSE AND SCRIPTURE

ABRAHAM, SARAH, HAGAR and sons ISHMAEL and ISAAC

WHAT? MARRY A PROSTITUTE, HOSEA ASKED GOD

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 1

FAITH THROWN OVERBOARD

I BELIEVE GOD INVENTED DANCING

Everyday angels

SITE LINKS:

www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com/

www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com

www.barbarapurbaugh.com

www.pennwriters.com

ellenspain.com

http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/

http://www.methodists-care.org/

Advertisements

Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

What is your opinion?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: