God Teach Me
What does it mean to be human? Well, it's a common phrase that when one makes mistakes, they respond 'I'm only human'. So being human is to make mistakes. It's not the only understanding of humanity though, looking at developments through time. Think about what life was like before technology even, we actually had to talk to people face to face or through personal writing to get messages across. We grow, we learn, and we understand more about ourselves, about our very nature, and about God through the process. What does being human mean to you?
Today's Psalm states:'Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep thy law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of thy commandments, for I delight in it. Incline my heart to thy testimonies, and not to gain! Turn my eyes from looking at vanities; and give me life in thy ways. Behold, I long for thy precepts; in thy righteousness give me life!' (Psalms 119:33-37, 40).
In today's Gospel we hear about how God is teaching us. The commandments are laws for us to follow, but also a guide for the life that God is trying to show us is possible. There's a reason that when you look upwards the chemicals in your brain help you think better, flow better. You look up to God, to heaven, and seek guidance and advice for how to live, embracing what priests, prophets and Jesus have taught us. Next time you don't know what to do, look up, and ask for help from God to teach you the right path.
Today's prayer comes from 'Aletiea' a prayer for following God's teaching and direction:
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. There will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen.