Thoughts on a New Year and Our New Focus on the Lord’s Prayer

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Brittany’s selfie with Sam, Julie and Molly at a Nelson’s Chicken Fundraiser

As a new year begins, so does a new season of our LOG program. Even though I am an adult leader, I get a sense of excitement just like all of the students. I like to see the interactions between students and adults alike. Usually I am not too active in this because I am a people watcher. I like to see the small interactions between friends who are laughing or perhaps friends are consoling each other through a tough situation. It’s also a chance for me to see how each student has grown emotionally, spiritually, and in their leadership skills. Then, of course, I get all nostalgic about my time as a student in the LOG program and reflect on how it has shaped my past, present, and undoubtedly, my future.

A new year and season of LOG brings a chance to reflect. Reflect on how God used you this past year. If you have never thought about how Christ has helped you this year, I highly encourage you to do this. Did He help you overcome an obstacle? Did He give you the strength to find hope in a bad situation? Did you follow God’s nudge to try something new? Reflection is a skill that can make a huge difference in your perspective of life and impact. I’m not a big new year’s resolutions person, but I think it’s important to have goals set at the beginning of each year. Maybe add this to your list!

How has God used me this past year? How can I be used by Him this upcoming year?

This season of LOG, we will be focusing on the Lord’s Prayer. I get the lovely opportunity to talk a little bit about my experience and reflection on this prayer. Now let me start by sharing the Lord’s Prayer for those who may not know what it is or for those who are visual people.

Our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen

When I think of the Lord’s Prayer, I think of a lonnnnggggg time ago, like before many of you were born. (I promise I’m not that old) Think of me, in 1996, cute little girl with big dreams. I went to a local Catholic School. The Lord’s Prayer was one of the first prayers that I learned and memorized in my early Catholic school days. This was a prayer that I said a lot, along with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep and God is Great. I would get excited to share my memorized prayers with anyone who would listen, because I liked to showcase my smarts! As a kid, I never really thought too much about the meaning of the prayer. I just recited it in mass and whenever else I had to say it. As I reflect on this prayer now, I think it is a powerful prayer for a couple of different reasons.

This prayer is so powerful because this is the prayer Jesus used to teach his disciples how to pray! Jesus himself said this prayer is great, so we need to take this to heart. If you want to read the scripture where Jesus mentions the prayer, it is in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. Jesus gave us the best guide on how to pray and I love that this prayer is available to anyone who reads the Bible. It’s a universal prayer. If you are having trouble with praying to God or you feel like you don’t know how to pray, use the Lord’s Prayer as a guide to help.

Another reason why this prayer is so important is because the message is powerful! Many times when we grow up learning prayers, we feel like we pray them over and over again. However, if you pay attention to the words of the Lord’s Prayer, there are some huge truths: Jesus will eventually bring heaven down to us, we need to put our faith in Him, God is our daily provider, God’s glory and kingdom is all that matters, and many other truths. This prayer is full of “big picture” thinking and it makes me feel at ease when I feel like the world is trying to get into my spirit and soul.

Throughout this season, you will hear more about the Lord’s Prayer and some different insights into it’s meaning and impact. I am excited to get this season started and see how God is working in all of your lives. Many of you know I’m a music person so I leave you with a beautiful interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer. We sing this song at my church and honestly, it is always a powerful time when the church is all singing this prayer and focusing on our Lord. This might give you a new way of thinking about the prayer.Love you all and blessings for the new year!

Brittany Stevens
3rd grade teacher
LOG #21 (clap)

Special thanks to Brittany Stevens for sharing this post in our new LOGblog series of reflections from LOGgers and LOG alums.  If you would like to contribute to the new LOGblog, please contact Molly or Terry McBride.

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Team Meeting Begin This Week:

LOG #89
– Thursday evenings from7-9pm
– at Evangel Heights United Methodist Church (114 N. Ironwood, SB)

LOG #90
– Sunday afternoons from 2-4pm
– Firehouse Campus of Clay Church (17646 Cleveland Road, SB)

LOG #91
– Sunday afternoons from 4:30pm-6:30pm
– Firehouse Campus of Clay Church (17646 Cleveland Road, SB)

You Can Help:  please talk with Terry if …
• you are interested in playing an instrument to accompany our singing
• you are willing to take photos at team meetings
• you are willing to serve as the social media point person for your team

We Raised $280.00 by Ice Skating:
Thanks to the Ice Box in South Bend for supporting this MYM / LOG fundraiser!
Click to enlarge the photos …

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