I talked yesterday about starting with God. Or better, about God starting. When I was preparing to speak those words on Sunday, I thought, “I need to be practical.”

So here’s my suggestion for you and for me.

First, talk to God about everything on your mind.






And do it without without filtering.

As my sister wrote the other day, she said to God, “I’m not very happy with you right now.” Exactly.

But then, just as you would do with a friend or a spouse or colleague or counselor, when you’ve drained out everything, do this.

Say to God, “So, what’s on your mind?”

And listen.

(Say it out loud in a quiet safe space.)

And listen.

You may hear a comment about your list. You may hear a word or two. You may hear, “You can call me Dad”. You may hear “Go ahead, son, go to sleep.” You may hear some silence that lets you rest.

You may simply be aware, when you listen, that God is aware of you, of us, of me. Always has been, since before we existed. Always will be.

Not doing what we want, often. But always moving toward bringing heaven and earth together.

That’s why we pray, “Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

The start of the year may be over. But today isn’t. And our lives are still going. And we can still turn to God.