The weekly Glimpses of God are opportunities to recognize, with greater clarity,the presence of God in the various places, people, events, situations and circumstances of your daily life. I offer them to you as an opportunity to reflect on howmuch God, as you understand Him, is a part of your life,how He chooses to use you and how you have chosen Him.They are glimpses because we can miss them if we are not paying attention. But if we open our heart to His love, if we open our ears to hear His gentle voice, if we open our eyes to see His light, if we open our hands to feel His hand in ours, and if we are open to share these gifts with others, then we too are being a Glimpse of God to those in our family, church, community,neighborhood, society and world. 

Glimpse of God for the week of August 9, 2020

 

As I said last week, God loves us and wants us to relax especially after a hard day’s work, or going to school, taking care of family, or taking care of others as He has called us to do.  He knows we need our rest, and He also knows that for some of us relaxing, so that we get that rest, is a challenge. Our Pajamas are God’s way of embracing us with His warmth, affirmation, comfort, and love so that we can rest, be replenished in His graces, and wake up ready to start a new day building up His kingdom here on earth. 

God takes us from our day clothes our daily activities and invites us to get changed or change into that which is more comfortable and conducive for us to be more relaxed and be our self without being in the mode of employee, student or helper, but rather God’s beloved among God, self and family. God anticipates those hours of sleep. He eagerly awaits our unconscious surrender to His presence and our silent Yes to His will. We surrender our whole body, mind, spirit, heart, and soul to His protection.  We fall asleep with the hope that He will grant us another day.  I also believe that it is in our dreams where God speaks most because it is the only time that we cannot talk back, argue, walk away, get the last word in, but rather we are able to listen. It is in our hours of sleep when that we are blessed because our bodies are renewed, rejuvenated, and replenished so that they can function another day. When we are in our Pajamas and asleep, God is rewarding us with that rest after saying Yes to Him that day and serving Him in whatever capacity that were blessed to serve His as. God gives us Pajamas so that we can prepare to be blessed. When we put on our Pajamas, we are putting on Christ in a different way. Our Pajamas represent the warmth, comfort, joyfulness, and anticipation of Christ. It isn’t putting on Christ for people to see, but rather it is putting on Christ to remind us that no matter what the day has held for us, we are and will always be His beloved children, loved unconditionally, created in His likeness  and image, called to be our best self, the person that He created us to be and have the potential to become. When we awaken and take off our pajamas, we are not forgetting what they represent, but rather taking what God has revealed to us and sharing that gift with others.

Our pajamas are our comfy clothes. No matter what type or material they are, they are there to remind us that God gives us pajamas as a symbol of our desire to change, surrender to His will, and with His grace, begin anew day.

So as we think of pajamas, in whatever form they take, sweats, one piece long tops for women and pants for the guys, footsies, if they are made of cotton, silk, fleece or flannel, they can become an instrument of prayer. As you prepare to put on your pajamas and take off the clothes that you wore during the day, thank God for the gift of the day,  the roles that you fulfilled, and the graces that you received. We can take the opportunity to thank God for His warmth and comfort and pray for those who do not have a bed or pajamas. As you journey through this week and prepare for bed each day, take a moment to remind yourself that God is enveloping you, embracing you blessing you and reminding you that you are His beloved child. God chooses your pajamas and the material hat they are made of, to reveal His message of peace, affection, joy, admiration, mystery, agape, safety.  

 

SUNDAY – “Cotton” - Cotton material is natural, light weight, soft, comfortable, can bring more comfort and simplicity to our life so that we can focus on being our best self.

This sums up what God wants for all of us. He does not want our life to become so complicated that we always seem to be in a state of flux or stressed out.   Rather God wants our life to be lived in a spirit of simplicity, not being simple, but living without the need for everything. A life where we choose to possess and focus on only those things that matter and will help us to become our best self. It involves a total surrender to Him and let go of the need or desire that we must be in control. God wants us to be comfortable with our own self, so that we can be comfortable with Him and others. 

Cotton pajamas, those pajamas or night clothes that we put on at night as we prepare for a good night’s rest and hope to awaken to a new day, refreshed, renewed, and rejuvenated. Cotton pajamas help us to relax and become comfortable before God and our self. They enable us to better take a moment to reflect on the day and how we were called to become our best self and how we feel we did or did not. They afford us the opportunity to look at the day and see where we made the choices that reflected our best self with God as our center, and say thank you, or see the choices where our worst self emerged and say I am sorry. In either case, our cotton pajamas allow us to relax so that we are better able to lay before our God as we prepare to close our eyes and see His loving presence and embrace as He waits to bless us, our body, mind, heart, soul and spirit in our rest.

 

MONDAY – “Silk” We wear silk pajamas when it is hot so that we can be cooled off. Silk throws off the humidity and allows us to sleep despite it. Humidity makes one feel like the everything is so hot and sticky, and it makes one feel extremely uncomfortable especially when it comes to time to go to bed.

In our daily life there are times when we find our self in sticky situations and there does not seem to be any immediate relief or escape. We find that we try to fix things by our self and not with the help of our God who knows all, and is the only one who can fix or mend the situations that we find our self in. I believe that humidity of our spiritual life occurs when we choose to do things by our self, and we choose not to look at the consequences or effect of our choices and then we find our self asking God to rescue us. It is when we allow the world and its false messages to stick to and in our mind and heart and we fail to see the Gospel message and live it out.

Silk pajamas help us to relax at the end of a hot day or after a day of where sticky situations abounded. We get comfortable and are not only able to relax but they can help us forget the stickiness of the day. When we put on our silk pajamas, we then are better able to look back and see where God helped us out of a sticky situation and thank Him. We can let the silk pajamas remind us that no matter what life throws at us or that we walk into, we will make some sticky choices, but God does not leave us alone and stuck. God can bring us out of any sticky situation that we find our self in if we invite Him to.  His will for us is to bring us comfort and invites us to rest in His loving, cooling, restful peace, and protection.

 

TUESDAY – “Fleece” Fleece material is highly breathable, light weight and keeps one warm because it holds the heat inside.

What is the spirituality of fleece pajamas, how does God speak to us through our fleece pajamas? I believe that is through our desire to follow Him more nearly, love Him more dearly and see Him more clearly that we, although sinners,  will always be a strong and vibrant breath of God, a voice in the silence and silence in the times of no need for words but rather presence. In and through our daily life and in those we encounter on the way, we will be able to hold onto the loving warmth of God’s love, mercy, compassion, and peace. God will always keep us warm in His great and unconditional love.   His life within and His love with out allow us to breath His words, be His breath of life to others and embrace the warmth of His love.

As we put on our fleece pajamas at the end of the day they can be a source of peace as we reflect on His love and warmth especially as we recall the day and how we encountered cold people, luke warm decisions that were made, and people that could not control their temper and made situations become off balanced.

 

WEDNESDAY – “Flannel” Flannel pajamas are comfortable, they provide warmth and breathability and one can stay toasty without overheating. Some may say that fleece and flannel are the same. My emphasis on flannel is that with flannel you can stay warm without overheating in other words, you can never experience being burnt by God for any bad or negative choices that you make. You can always depend on God to wrap you in His love without any strings attached or tricks.

As you unwind after a long day and put on your flannel pajamas, they can help remind you that God is a God of infinite and unconditional  love and His love burns so brightly but never so that you get burnt. They can remind you that you are His breath of life to others, and there is nothing that will take that breath away or diminish His love. He is always there blessing, touching, and embracing you with the warmth of His love, grace, and presence.

 

THURSDAY – “One-piece, long tees for women, nightgowns”

God created us in His sacred image, to know love and serve Him, to be our best self before Him, the person that He created us to be and have the potential to become. Weather we are in our clothes that we wore for play, work, school, exercise, swimming, or pajamas, we are always called to reverence our body as God’s creation and as a temple for the Holy Spirit. To do this we have to possess a sense of self respect, humility, and modesty for our sexuality as the gift that it is. When we relax and get into our pajamas, either our one-piece tees or nightgowns, it would be the perfect moment to say a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the gift of our body just as it is and for creating us in His image. If during the day we have failed to reverence that image, a prayer of contrition would also work.

Our pajamas offer us the opportunity to return to that reverence and respect for our body especially if as we have gotten older and may have taken it for granted. It is the only body that we will be given, and we should not only reverence it but take the best care of it that we can.  In saying this, when we dress in our night clothes, we should dress with a modest approach and not an approach as if no one is going to see me so it does not matter how I look. God sees you and He does care about how you look.

You are His beloved daughter and He cherishes and adores you. Our night clothes are not as complex as what we might wear for work or school. When we prepare for bed, we are preparing to meet God in our unconscious and surrender to His will as He renews us and allows us to be replenished in His graces and love. When we wear loose long tees or nightgowns, we are cooperating with God to take care of our body by wearing something that not only helps with circulation, but it also can help fight other physical problems.

 

FRIDAY – “sweat or lounge pants for the guys”

For men, the same reverence and respect for the body is expected. God created man in His sacred image and likeness and calls each man to respect the gift of his sexuality. Men can walk around in just pants and show off his muscle, but when one does that to flaunt his body, and not out of respect, then an ego is at the center and not self-respect or reverence. Our body and our sexuality weather we are male or female, is a gift. God is the giver of that gift and how we treat that gift of our gift to God.  When one prepares for bed and puts on lounge pants, it is a time that one can offer God a prayer of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for the gift of one’s body, one’s sexuality, one’s humility and self-respect for the body and treating it as a gift to be cherished and not taken for granted or used to control.

You are His beloved son and He cherishes and adores you. Our night clothes are not as complex as what we might wear for work or school. When we prepare for bed, we are preparing to meet God in our unconscious and surrender to His will as He renews us and allows us to be replenished in His graces and love. When we wear sweat or lounge pants, we are cooperating with God to take care of our body by wearing something that not only helps with circulation, but it also can help fight other physical problems.

 

SATURDAY – “Footsies with the butt flap”

How does God speak through feety pajamas with a butt flap? A simple answer is that when life gets messy and we need to expel that mess the butt flap helps and then we can stay free of what the world and the mess that it throws at us so that we don’t get cold feet when it comes time to proclaim His message and build up His kingdom here on earth. God gives us feety pajamas to keep our whole body warm, from our head to our toes.   He does not want us to get cold feet if we are called to a difficult task or mission as His follower.  When we don’t have cold feet, we can walk through any storm with confidence in God and can walk knowing that we are not walking alone and even if life gets messy, due to sin and weakness, the butt flap will help to expel the messiness and seek to be cleansed through the healing love of God.

God wants us to live and sleep in the warmth of His love.  There are situations, circumstances, and decisions, that give us cold feet. We become scared and get stuck, yet God reminds us that even if life scares us and we can not seem to move forward, His love will nudge us and move us forward one step at a time. As we rest, He will grace us with His courage, strength, and determination so that when we awaken, we can begin the new day with a renew sense of hope, courage, strength, and steadfastness.

 

just in case you forgot what last week's Glimpse was.....

Glimpse of God for the week of August 2, 2020

I apologize for being so tardy with this glimpse, it is just that I have been dealing with my 6th bout of shingles and have been extremely uncomfortable, which has made sitting at a computer difficult.   

This week’s Glimpse of God is John’s idea and weather he realizes it or not, is an incredibly unique Glimpse of God, and a very profound one.

This is a weird perspective or Glimpse of God and if God were standing here right now, He would probably wait until He read the whole Glimpse before placing His name on it.  This Glimpse of God is one of His warmth, loving embrace, and our vulnerability. What is it?

It is on Pajamas.   They are the clothes that we wear at night as we prepare for bed, hoping to get a good night’s rest. They can be sweats, onesies, footsies with the butt flap, long t’s, nightgowns, and they can be made of cotton, silk, flannel, or fleece. They help us as we go to sleep for what we hope will be a significant amount of time so that we can wake up renewed, refreshed, and rejuvenated as we great a new day.

We do not go to sleep in our work clothes, our uniforms, our play clothes, our exercise clothes, our casual clothes because they have a different role. Our pajamas play a unique role in how we relax and unwind.  Our pajamas enable us to relax and become comfortable, as we undress, we leave the day, that is represented by what we wore, aside. It is like we are putting our comfy clothes on and this allows us to be ourselves in a way that we cannot be when we are at work or at school or busy about in the community.

God loves us and wants us to relax especially after a hard day’s work, or going to school, or taking care of others as He has called us to do.  He knows we need our rest, and He also knows that for some of us relaxing, so that we get that rest, is a challenge. Our PJ’s are God’s way of embracing us with His warmth, affirmation, comfort, and love so that we can rest and be replenished in His graces so that we can wake up ready to start a new day building up His kingdom here on earth. 

God takes us from our day clothes our daily activities and invites us to get changed or change into that which is more comfortable and conducive for us to be more relaxed and be our self without being in the mode of employee, student or helper, but rather God’s beloved among family. God anticipates those hours of sleep. He eagerly awaits our unconscious surrender to His presence and our silent Yes to His will. We surrender our whole body, mind, spirit, heart, and soul to His protection.  We fall asleep with the hope that He will grant us another day.  I also believe that it is in our dreams where God speaks most because it is the only time that we cannot talk back, argue, walk away, get the last word in, but rather we are able to listen. It is in our hours of sleep when that we are blessed because our bodies are renewed, rejuvenated, and replenished so that they can function another day. When we are in our PJ;s and asleep, God is rewarding us with that rest after saying Yes to Him that day and serving Him in whatever capacity that were blessed to serve His as. God gives us PJ’s so that we can prepare to be blessed. When we put on our Pajamas, we are putting on Christ in a different way. Our Pajamas represent the warmth, comfort, joyfulness, and anticipation of Christ. It isn’t putting on Christ for people to see, but rather it is putting on Christ to remind us that no matter what the day has held for us, we are and will always be His beloved children, loved unconditionally, created in His likeness  and image, called to be our best self, the person that He created us to be and have the potential to become. When we awaken and take off our pajamas, we are not forgetting what they represent, but rather taking what God has revealed to us and sharing that gift with others.

Our pajamas are our comfy clothes. No matter what type or material they are, they are there to remind us that God gives us pajamas as a symbol of our desire to change, surrender to His will, and with His grace, begin anew day.

So as we think of pajamas, in whatever form they take, sweats, onesies, footsies, nightgowns, long t’s, if they are made of cotton, silk, fleece or flannel, they can become an instrument of prayer. As you prepare to put on your pajamas and take off the clothes that you wore during the day, thank God for the gift of the day,  the roles that you fulfilled, and the graces that you received. We can take the opportunity to thank God for His warmth and comfort and pray for those who do not have a bed or pajamas. As you journey through this week and prepare for bed each day, take a moment to remind yourself that God is enveloping you, embracing you blessing you and reminding you that you are His beloved child. God chooses your pajamas to reveal His message of peace, affection, joy, admiration, mystery, agape, safety.  

 

SUNDAY – “P” peace

Today, as  you reflect on the gift and grace of peace in your life, pray the prayer for peace and ask God to help you be His instrument of peace in His world so that you can build up His kingdom here on earth in your family, community, church, workplace, school and in your world.

Lord, Make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love, injury….pardon, doubt.…faith, despair….hope, darkness....light,  and sadness..joy, let me not seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, and to be loved as to love, for it is giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 

MONDAY – “A” affection

God’s affection for you in eternal, everlasting and unconditional. As you prepare for bed this evening, and are comfortable in your pajamas, take a relaxing moment to reflect on what affection means to you and how God has revealed the great love and affection that He has for you. Did He reveal it through others words, actions, attitude or deeds? And how did that touch your heart. How do you reveal God’s affection to others today?

 

TUESDAY – “J’ joy

JOY to the World. A great song that we sing during the Christmas season, for Christ our savior is born. We sing in exultation that Christ chose to come into the world for us. The Son of God came as a human, He came in poverty so that we too will choose God over anything that the world would offer. God delights in you and sings with great joy that you are His follower. Do you believe this? Do you recognize that God has revels in happiness and joy as you surrender to Him and seek to do His will even when it is difficult? God rejoices in you, in you who are a sinner striving to become a saint, in you who seek to do His will even when others choose not to, in you who as you recognize your sinfulness, does not give into despair but holds on to the hope that He promised, in you who forgives others as you have been forgiven and in you who as His beloved exude His presence in you compassion, mercy, love, peace and joy.

 

WEDNESDAY – “A” Admiration

God has great respect and admiration for you. Do you respect yourself? What does admiration look like when you think of God your Father admiring you? Does that bring you a smile? You are admired not for what you do but for who you are, God’s beloved child, created in His image and loved unconditionally.  This is your identity, one that no one can steal or duplicate. God holds you in great esteem because you have chosen to follow Him and serve Him faithfully in a world that rejects Him and seeks to take Him out of everything. Can you see at least 5 qualities or gifts that God admires in you? As you prepare for bed and put on your pajamas, and say your prayers, can you stand humbly before Him and thank Him for these gifts and ask Him to help you continue to share them with others?

 

THURSDAY – “M’ mystery

Life is a mystery. We as humans are a mystery since we often do not know what we are going to say or do the very next moment. We are also a mystery when we say or do something that hurt another, and we have no reason or explanation for it. When we prepare for bed and put on our pajamas, we can look back at the day and try to recognize where there was the mystery of God and where there was revelation of God. God’s will is sometimes a mystery; He holds back on what it is He wants us to do until we are ready to receive it. Can you see where His will was a mystery today and how you surrendered in trust to that mystery and followed His Spirit?

 

FRIDAY – “A’ awe

God is filled with awe and wonder at you. He loves you and finds great joy in you. He loves you in your uniform, play clothes, casual clothes, pajamas, onesies, footsies, sweat clothes. He loves you just as you are. You do not need to dress up to impress Him or to get him to like you. You do not need to iron out the wrinkles or hide the stains. You do not need to go out and buy a new outfit. We often feel that we need to dress to impress, others maybe but not God. He is already impressed with you and He wants you to recognize that you need to accept who you are as you are, for that is the best person that you can be and have the potential to become. How awesome is that truth and reality?

 

SATURDAY – “S” safety

At night and in the day, we rest in God’s loving and safe arms. It is when we are most vulnerable that we become afraid. When we are asleep, although we are vulnerable, God is protecting us and blessing us. The prayer, although adapted,  that we learned as young ones, says it well: Now I  lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, angels watch me through the night and wake me in the morning light. AMEN.

 

 

next week's Glimpse of God will be on the spirituality of pajamas, their styles and materials

 

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