Where even photography is a form of prayer…

– WFPC Rose Garden July 10

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

Genesis 3

Early Saturday morning I made my way to the church to meet with some of my friends for a conversation about prayer. I loved the way the light caught the front of the building so I paused, caught a moment of serenity, and took the photograph.

Then, coming around the corner to the Rose Garden I once again felt the ineffable presence of peace, so again I took a moment to preserve the image.

The Rose Garden itself, resting in the morning light, spoke volumes of serenity; its tranquility and barely contained joy spoke volumes to me and filled my soul.

So I opened the room where we meet, took out a pencil and paper, and wrote down a list of ways I pray – other than speaking.

Photography was first, then I put writing, songwriting, sharing music with the church, preparing food for my family, taking care of my dad. The list grew, but with everything the description was similar, involving “inviting God into” whatever it is.

I began to think of the amazing scope of a prayer life that simply asks for God to be present, acknowledges my desire to humble myself and to learn from God, and remains intentional in terms of communion with God in the experience.

I understand why some people say, “I find God in nature,” but it is only true so far as God is directly invited into the experience.

Take a look at these images from Saturday morning, and ask God to speak peace into your life as you view them.

Then come to church. Rebekah has four sermons left, including today. Do not miss the sweetness of fellowship in and with this beautiful community of faith. – DEREK

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