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Between Sundays for Week of July 24, 2022

Would you see a black gorilla, if one appeared in your line of vision? Research suggests that only half of us would! (If you view the attached video, you’ll see the black gorilla because you’ll be on the lookout!)

The researchers who conducted this experiment and others who have written about it tell us that the experiment reveals that “We can and do miss hugely obvious realities when our attention is on something else.” Magicians know this and use it to astound us. What daily realities draw your focus and divert your attention?
In Sunday’s gospel, Jesus’ disciples ask him to teach them to pray. I often think of instructions to pray as focused on mechanics – what to do or what to say. What if the request the disciples make has NOTHING to do with words or mechanics and is reflective of a longing to see God active and alive and at work in the world – the way Jesus sees and knows God. What if the disciples are not asking about what to SAY but are really wondering how to SEE – how to not lose sight of God moving through the center of their lives – like a black gorilla.
Be on the lookout for God’s presence this week. With the cross of Jesus as our guide, look to the unexpected, lonely, and forgotten places. Where do you see God at work bringing life for all creation?

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Would you notice if a black gorilla appeared before you? Listen as Pastor Amy asks us to consider the ways we see what we are focused on seeing, or what we expect to see. What if Jesus’ response to his disciples question, “Lord, teach us to pray” is more interested in teaching us how to focus our vision, and less interested in what we speak.


In the Small Catechism, Martin Luther writes this about the Lord’s Prayer:

Your kingdom come.

What does this mean? The kingdom of God certainly comes by itself without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may come to us also.

How does God’s kingdom come? God’s kingdom comes when our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead godly lives here in time and there in eternity.

(The entire Small Catechism is printed in the back of the ELW hymnal beginning on page 1160.)