Window Reflection: Week Seven of Easter
By Lynn Neher | May 13, 2018
This window portrays the Guardian Angels. There is a naturalistic floral background with the Dove of the Holy Spirit, the Rose of Sharon, and a lamb superimposed thereon. There is an inscription, “In Memoriam, Adele Mary.”
“During my time here, I have kept them safe. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold. And now I am coming to you. I have told them many things while I was with them so they would be filled with my joy. I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not. I'm not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.” – John 17:12-15
As the very incarnation of the Word and Love of God, Jesus prayed that by his Word, the Father would protect his disciples in the world. Jesus created, through prayer, an open line between his beloved children and God himself. He has also offered us that connection so that we may share in the joy of fellowship with our Creator. Prayer keeps the line open to God through Christ.
Early on, as children, we are taught to pray asking for God’s protection for ourselves: “Now I lay me down to sleep….” We soon learn to add our families and loved ones to our circle of concern: “Bless Mom and Pop…” that they be loved and protected. As our world perspective grows, so deepens our awareness of and our connection to the needs of others the world ‘round. We build unity through prayer, and we learn that our prayer concerns can be farther reaching than we could ever imagine.
Thankfully, “open lines” imply communication both ways and prayer helps us maintain our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Through prayerful communication, Jesus reminds us that the connection is, indeed, two sided. We cannot always put our prayers into words, but God knows our innermost heart spaces, and he accepts our offerings; spoken and unspoken. By God’s word, we are encouraged to place our lives and each circumstance into God’s hands, to keep our thoughts and reactions in His hands as well. The Holy Spirit guides our hearts, minds and perceptions and opens us to unlimited possibilities.
Our prayers bear testimony to our trust in and dependence on God while we live in the world. Committing ourselves, our loved ones, our community, and our world to God in prayer confirms our hope in God’s plan for the future.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we are reminded to “Be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God for us through Jesus Christ.” May we recognize God’s call to prayer as an honor and a privilege, giving thanks for each opportunity. And may we find joy in sharing an open line with our Lord through his Son, Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray.
Father God, thank you for the gift of prayer. Please help us to joyfully open our hearts to the prayer opportunities you present to us -- opportunities to boldly stand in the gap for your children in need. We look forward to being in your service; asking that in all that we say and do, we would bring Glory to you. Amen.