Quick Thought Thursday: What Does “Private” Look Like?

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Luke 9-10.

“Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” ~Luke 9:18

I really enjoy the quiet of the morning and a hot cup of coffee; it’s the best time of the day for me to sit, read, pray, and be still. I love a perfect crisp morning sunrise, birds chirping, and a calmness that seems unreal. Unfortunately, if that’s what I really want, I need to wake up at 4 or 5 in the morning!

Things have changed over the years, that’s mostly the result of many children, 3 who are early risers. As I sit here this morning trying to read from Luke, 2 kids are eating an early breakfast, and a third is snuggled up beside me. I wonder if this is what “private” might have looked like for Jesus?

Jesus prayed in “private,” and his disciples were with him. There are very few recorded occasions where we see Jesus truly “in private.” Still, the discipline of being with the Father is consistently present. His disciples knew this, they saw it because they were always with him, and he was always with them. That’s part of how they learned, Jesus sacrificed his “perfect private” so that his friends could see what Life with the Good Father can look like.

Life looks different from year to year, circumstances change, “private” changes, but the intentionality of being with the Good Father is ruthlessly protected and passed on to those who we allow to disrupt our “perfect private!”

This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?

#Ephesians2:19-22 #Ephesians5:1 #John6:68 #Matthew7:24

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