If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.Colossians 3:1-2
I have invited my congregation to a new shared practice of prayer that I thought I would also share with those who follow my blog. This is a way for us all, during this time of social distancing, to still be together in faith.
The idea for this was inspired by the above passage from scripture, which was one of the scripture readings at our Easter Sunday worship service. And here is the thought that this inspired in me: what if all of us did this – “set our minds on things that are above” – every day, at least for a moment? What if, every day at 3:12 pm (since this passage is Colossians 3:1-2), we took a moment simply to pray for each other? We can pray for a friend or church member that we have been thinking about, or for a family member. We can pray for someone that we know who is working in the medical field, or for a first responder, or someone working in one of our pharmacies or grocery stores. Or, we can simply read this passage again, and take a moment simply to breathe and remind ourselves of God’s steadfast presence in our life. Even taking just a moment to “set our minds on things that are above” can reset our day, bringing it back into alignment with God’s purpose for us, and opening our hearts to receive again the “peace that surpasses all understanding.”
And wouldn’t it be powerful to pause every day at 3:12 pm to do this, knowing that others are doing the same thing – that we are collectively “setting our minds on things that are above”?
I am going to set a reminder on my phone to do this, and you might do the same. Every day, at 3:12 pm, I invite you to pause for a prayer, wherever you are.
We all have “things that are on earth” that we are concerned about right now, and it can be difficult not to worry about these things, and not to think about them endlessly. And this won’t necessarily take that away. But I think it would be very powerful for all of us to do this together, to pause for prayer every day at 3:12 pm.
So, let’s pray together, every day at 3:12 pm, and stay together in the faith, until we can physically be together again with our brothers and sisters in Christ!