Blog time today has come in the early hours.
Have spent the evening, among other things, peddling untruth with the express aim of convincing other people it is correct. We were all quite good at it, it turns out, and your vicar as good as most.
I recommend playing Balderdash or Perudo when you invite friends round.
It is so good to appreciate other people’s humour and enjoy it together, to have people laugh with you at your own pathetic attempts to rise to the challenge. It is so good to be accepted and loved. Playing games is how we learn this as toddlers, remember. Not learning to has profound effects on our growth and maturity.
Prayer is like a game. That sounds a bit disrespectful, but follow my thought. God invited us to ask, so that we will receive. to engage. To learn the rules.
He so much wants us to hear ourselves trying new sentences, words of praise from our lips, recognising the Holy Spirit bubbling up through our babbling. It is a game of appreciation of God, and hearing God’s pleasure. Feeling God’s comfort. Being drawn in to fellowship in heavenly places. Accepting spiritual gifting.
To walk on water, Peter had to put out of the boat. Likewise in prayer, we need to put out, meet in the thin place by grace. a sacrifice of humility.
Agreeing to play a game by its rules, together, was the same adventure for all of us this evening. Agree to pray, together, and adventure.
The games were not really about lying – but sharing our gifts and failings lovingly with one another.