Pause

Scripture provides us with many ways — or postures — for approaching God.

Like in yoga or ballet, we can practice these postures. Breathing, stretching, bowing, moving, reaching.

Open yourself up to embracing the many different postures that we find within Scripture.

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Listen

I’m already being poured out like a sacrifice to God, and the time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. At last the champion’s wreath that is awarded for righteousness is waiting for me. The Lord, who is the righteous judge, is going to give it to me on that day. He’s giving it not only to me but also to all those who have set their heart on waiting for his appearance.

2 Timothy 4:6-8

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Think

Imagine how you feel at the end of a long day, a long run, or a good game — worn out, spent, and depleted. The posture of Paul in 2 Timothy 4 reflects a similar sentiment as he is exhausted and facing the end of life.

However, even as Paul is nearing the end, he is calling us to remember the importance of finishing well. It is easy to grow tired and to let exhaustion take over. The Christian life requires hard work and dedication. It is ok to admit that we are exhausted, but we cannot just give up.

When the world’s injustices seem too great and wear us down, we must continue the fight for justice. When violence overwhelms us, we must call even louder for peace. When lies run rampant, we must continue to speak truth.

Katie Gilbert

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Pray

Breathe in. God, I’m exhausted. Breathe Out. Help me to hear Paul’s encouragement to persevere. Breathe in. Give me the energy and passion to continue the hard work of living as Christ. Breathe out.

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Go

Know that no matter what posture you come with today, you are loved.

Silent, proud, humble, exhausted, alone, fearful, in awe.

May you go out into the world practicing each of these postures and exploring the ways that they draw you ever closer to the God who created you and loves you.

Amen.

Katie Gilbert

Rev. Katie Gilbert currently serves as Director of Invitation and Outreach at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, Alabama. She enjoys spending time with her husband Matt, her 17 month old daughter, Harper, and their crazy Boston Terrier, Lennon. They love to travel the world, eat good food, and spend time with family.

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