Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Friday, September 15, 2017

Can You See What I See? (A Morning Prayer)

Good morning Lord. Thank You for another day. To wake up this morning and breathe the breath of life is a gift from You...and I am grateful.

Lord, with the fall air starting to settle in, I am reminded that it is almost fair season. Of course You know that I went to the state fair a couple of years ago with my daughter on a school trip, and it was the first time in a long time. I really enjoyed it. When I was a kid, momma and daddy used to take us almost every year. I loved the food, and the rides and the prizes.

Oh yeah, I remember one year I got an invisible dog. See, it was this leash with a small dog harness on the end. The leash actually had a strip of metal wire in it to make it stiff, and so you would walk around holding it like you were walking an invisible dog.

Lord, it was the coolest, because I must say that when I first saw some one walking around with one, with the leash and the harness hovering over the ground in front of the person walking it, I thought for a second "Wow, a real invisible dog?!?". Not to mention that person was talking to it like it was a real dog. So in my childlike, 5 or 6 year old mind, I was starting to believe in a dog I could not see.

Father, to some it may seem a little disrespectful to compare You to that, but You know my heart and You know where I am coming from with this.  But...that sorta reminds me of how I need to live my life. See, to us right now, You are an invisible God. Even though I know that You are as real as I am or anything else, I can't see You. But, I have a faith that allows me to believe in You. Like Your word says, my faith is "the evidence of things unseen". So because I have faith, I don't have to see You.

But there are some around me in my community, at work, or possibly in my church who don't yet have that faith, and therefore they can't see You. So Father, I believe You fetched that invisible dog out of my memories so that You could remind me to live my life in a way that people around me can see my invisible God. If I think like You're real, talk to You like You're real and act like You're real, then sooner or later others will believe You are real. They will start to see You even though...they can't see You.

Lord, You are real to me, and I want You to appear real through me. Help me to help others see what I see so they can believe what I believe. I know one day I will really see You, but until then I will keep on living like I already have.

I love You. In Jesus name. Amen.

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