Reframing

Chapter 6

Good Monday Morning to this week 7 of 2020

Philippians 4:12 “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Reframing is a technique used in therapy to help create a different way of looking at a situation, person, or relationship by changing its meaning. Also referred to as cognitive reframing, it’s a strategy therapists often used to help clients look at situations from a slightly different perspective.

Reframing is seeing the current situation from a different perspective, which can be tremendously helpful in problem-solving, decision making and learning.

Reframing is helping you or another person to more constructively move on from a situation in which you or the other person feels stuck or confused.

The aim of reframing is to shift one’s perspective to be more empowered to act – and hopefully to learn at the same time.

Many times, merely reframing one’s perspective on a situation can also help people change how they feel about the situation, as well.

Many Christians today experience a frustrating and confusing disconnect between the story of Scripture and the story of their lives.

If  Jesus is the redeemer of all things, how does faith in him reframe every aspect of our lives? How does Christianity connect to the whole of who we are? Is Jesus relevant in an increasingly complex world? These are the types of questions many of us wrestle with today.

Think about the past week. Recall some of the different places, activities, and situations you were involved in. Where did you see your faith making a difference? Where did you feel his presence? Where did you not feel connected to him? If he feels uninvolved, it could be that the multifaceted dimensions of your life and the demands placed upon you are stealing your connection with Him?  And if that happens, is faith relegated to just another thing in we have to juggle.

How do we reframe?

Who am I, why am I here, what do I do? Where do I go, what’s important in life, what’s real and what’s an illusion; what’s true and what’s false,” and on and on. Jesus with the disciples on the road to Emmaus a good example of two followers that had lost sight of the true or the whole story. They were confused; blinded to seeing Jesus—in fact, they didn’t ever expect to see Jesus again. Did they forgot the part where Jesus said He would rise again on the third day or were they just deeply dissapointed? And so they desperately needed Jesus to once again open their minds to the true and whole story of what he accomplished. Luke 24.32 Passion Version:  Stunned, they looked at each other and said, “Why didn’t we recognize it was him? Didn’t our hearts burn with the flames of holy passion while we walked beside him? He unveiled for us such profound revelation from the Scriptures!”

The setting for many to find faith is in and through worship, which includes Scripture, proclamation, and sacrament as the breaking of the bread as the story then continues: Stay and have supper with us …  That is also where the faith of all is sustained. It is the place where Jesus continues to reveal himself. The Christian faith is born and nurtured where people share in worship through word, gesture, water, bread, wine, and mutual care, the smile, the clasp of another’s hand, perhaps even an embrace. It’s the Emmaus story for today,  one of movement, containing nine verbs describing movement. The two men “are going”, Jesus “came near and went with them”, they “came near”, Jesus “walked ahead of them”, “he went in to stay with them”, “he vanished from their sight”, and “they got up and returned”. Some of the verbs tell of movements made by Jesus; others tell of the two men. Either way, both Jesus and his followers are on the move. But it is not movement for its own sake. The moves being made have a purpose, one of fellowship (communion) with Jesus and others.

Where is your Emmaus Road this morning? What types of complexity and fragmentation characterize your life? Where is your personal reframing taking place?

Wishing you a blessed week!

Philemon

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