Spiritual Practice


Leah Bryan

We all encounter awkward topics that nobody wants to discuss. A word with double meanings triggers red faces and long silences. A simple question from a curious child (“Where do babies come from?”) makes us tongue-tied and elusive. I have always preferred talking about topics in the open (in a small group anyhow) rather than avoiding them and encumbering the situation. Fortunately, God has blessed me with a mom who is willing to talk with me about difficult topics, answering my questions and satisfying my curiosity.

I think it’s a shame that the topic of sex is taboo, when God created our sexuality as a beautiful gift. Sin has made sex into a dirty thought and an act of abuse; but I still think talking about it, if a question arises, is better than wondering or searching the Internet for answers.

God, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me.
Psalm 119:33 (The Message)

Obviously, we should explore our questions with people we trust. But let’s also pray for the courage to enter into awkward conversations with others. If Jesus were living on earth, I believe he would be willing to talk about and to explain many topics that we consider off-limits.


PRAYER: God, teach us to speak openly and honestly. Amen.

—from devozine (March/April 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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