Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
Distraction is the great 21st century spiritual adversity. We are bedazzled by sensory overload, addicted to chronic interface with ephemera masquerading as Important! Consequential! Friend! Liked! Must have! Intentional habits of the heart necessary for the up-building of “the things that matter most” give way to the seeming better offer of the moment texted to us just a minute ago.
Turning to God, to Jesus, likely requires turning off the device, decoupling from the cloud for a time; purposefully focusing our attention—our hearts and minds—on Bethlehem’s child who must be nurtured into life by us if he’s to have his way in the world.
This kind of nurture doesn’t happen by chance, once in a while, when we feel like it. It happens by developing a steady discipline of regular prayer, worship and study while intentionally turning off the distractions. That’s what turning to the Lord looks like today.
Prayer: Holy One, help me to become more intentional in turning to you. Amen.
~ Rev. Dr. Stephen Bauman