Sunday, January 22, 2006

I AM A...Warrior in an Epic Battle



Today at the Journey was all about being a warrior in the battle we face everyday on the spiritual level. It was such a great service, so great that I'm blogging about it and therefore breaking my once a month blogging habits. Shocking.
Anyway, one of my favorite parts of the service was when Mike, the pastor, interviewed Brian, who just returned from serving in Iraq, and compared his service in the war to the war we wake up to everyday wherever we are. Every morning, when he was in Iraq, he would mentally put on the 'spiritual armor' while he was literally putting on his 'real armor'. He mentioned that when he came back to the States, the thing he noticed most about life was the complacency. There is a sign where he was stationed in Iraq that says "Complacency Kills". He spoke about how true that is in our spiritual lives and how we don't feel like we are in a spiritual battle, but we should be waking up everyday putting on our armor and preparing for war. It was very powerful.
The other favorite was when Mike shared a scene from Kingdom of Heaven, when Orlando Bloom's character asked the crowd of boys, farmers, blacksmiths and common men if knighting a man makes him a better warrior. He answered his own question my saying 'yes', and told the crowd to take a knee and knighted them all on the spot. Mike then told us to take a knee and it was so cool seeing the congregation kneel. We read St. Patrick's Prayer "The Breastplate" and Mike "knighted" us, making us a church of warriors. It was a very cool service.
Here are some parts of the prayer I thought were cool:
I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before,
God's host to save me...

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

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