Do you see the picture with this post?
That has been the view from my kitchen window for the past month or so. My family and I have been living in the church manse as we get settled in the Denver area. There are a lot of good aspects about living so close to the church (as well as a couple of quirky ones).
– You can’t beat the commute
– It has five bedrooms (which means you can fill two with unpacked boxes!)
-Tim still mows the yard (thanks Tim!)
– Your front yard is actually a parking lot
– Therefore every Sunday morning my girls yell at the cars that are parking in “their front yard.”
-The temptation to finish just one more thing…
But do you want to know the best part about living in the church manse?
Every time I look out the kitchen window, I am reminded to say a prayer for Unity Presbyterian. Being so close to the church means that the ministries of the church often pop into my mind while at home. And when they do, I like to take a minute to say a prayer for that ministry. Mundane acts like washing the dishes became an opportunity to pray for the church.
As I look outside my kitchen window, I am reminded that we all have the opportunity to pray for what we see outside of our windows. Go ahead, look outside your kitchen window. What do you see?
Do you see your neighbors? Pray for them.
Do you look out on the lake? Pray for God’s creation.
Do you see cars passing by? Pray for the safe travel of those driving by.
Do you hear birds chirping? Pray that God’s presence is felt by those in every season of life.
Paul tells the church in Ephesus that they should be looking for opportunities to pray for others:
“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
As you go about your day, know that I am praying for you. And I hope that you are praying for others too. May God’s Spirit work in you on all occasions, both the mundane and the exciting, as you go about your day.
See you on Sunday!