This Week in Church: Emptying, filling, dreams, and fear

Welcome to the series wherein I share my take-aways from church. The things that, I think, are beneficial to all of us to know or think about, whether or not we believe in any church-related things.

This week in church we talked about emptying and filling.

There are many natural things that represent our need for external support. Without food, water, and oxygen we die. Without hugs as babies we die. Without a strong sense of community we die. We need a lot of things outside ourselves.

According to church, this all serves to remind us of the ultimate thing we need that is outside of ourselves: God.

This makes me wonder: what would it be like if I felt energized by God? How would that even happen? What fills me up? It seems wise to at least be aware of what energizes me, so that I can go to it when needed.

This week in church we talked about fear and dreams.

I don't remember the entire context for this, but the notes I wrote down were:

"How do I edit my dreams based on what I think I can do?"

"Do I ultimately believe I'm working alone?"

"Do we not need power over fear?"

(It all had something to do with the Holy Spirit being here to help us.)

This leads me now to wonder what I would do differently in my life if I truly believed that God was on my side and helping me. Would I try more things? Would I try different things? Would I consult with him first? How do you even do that?

At the end of the service, our pastor asked people to stand up and share something they need help with. No full explanations, just a basic headline to the thing they needed help with. Then everyone prayed for them (with one person praying out loud). It was a really beautiful and striking example of "you're not alone." Even if there was no God, the power of being in a room of people, sharing your need, and then having them all pray that it gets resolved? Amazing.

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