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The Followers of Jesus as flexible. Comments to: adebelak@redeemerluth.com

The Followers of Jesus as flexible expect that the day will not go as we want it to go. There will be interruptions - things will  fall apart - other things will come together in unexpected ways. For me, it takes a moment for flexibility to come into play. I usually resist. I usually meet the unexpected or the unplanned or the new idea with hesitancy. It is as though I must let myself stretch before I can be flexible enough to step into something new. The Followers of Jesus as flexible do ourselves no good when we are so set and convinced of our ways that we do not let ourselves breathe and reconsider and reevaluate the possibilities at hand. In some ways I think the this traditional line does much for creating a flexible moment to emerge. It is simply: Let us pray. I know that some folks use that kind of prayer language to keep things just as they are or to have things go their way. That is not flexibility. Prayer - I think - creates the flexibility that is a part of the character of the Followers of Jesus. Maybe it is the time involved in the pause to prayer - maybe it is in the words that come forth or the simple silence - maybe it is a time when we let in all the could be and take a breath in order to walk around in the possibilities that call for flexibility.

God of New Life and All Hopefulness, teach us to pray often - breathe often - open up our hearts and minds and lives often. In those times, we ask that your Spirit lead us beyond ourselves and into a life that reflects your love and compassion. Amen.