I tend to wake up quickly. I might choose to stay in bed and read, or I might prefer to go back to sleep, but I’m awake. Some people have a gradual transition from sleep to awakeness (usually involving coffee), but I’m a lightswitch. Asleep, then awake. Boom.
After I wake up, I pray the Lord’s Prayer. Pretty much straight from the King James Version, although I swap who in for which in the second line.
who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done,
in earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
And I try and pause between each line and consider it. Not the whole thing as a memorized repetition, but as the framework for a short God study. And the one part I keep pausing on the longest is this:
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven
How is God’s will done in Heaven? Perfectly. Precisely. Without quibbling, or delay, or misunderstanding. With great joy. Without trying to accumulate glory to yourself.
And how is that done down below, on earth? Pretty much the opposite of those. And yet those high standards are what we strive for. Wishful thinking? Nope. Big God thinking.
One guy who does Big God thinking is Professor Steve. He came to our church last Sunday and did his Unseen Forces show (it was Halloween). He did a good job with all parts of it – the science, the showmanship (the adults were cracking up), the presentation of the Gospel.
Did you know that you can demonstrate the Bernoulli principal of lift with just some toilet paper
and a leaf blower?
He also explained centripetal force (not centrifugal force – the force in question is his hand pulling in, not the objects wanting to fly out). Of course, he did it with glasses of water stacked on a dish
Nicely done, Professor Steve, and very enjoyable.
You might even say it was Heavenly.