A is for Amen

When you attend a church service in most any denomination you will hear the word Amen.  This word is used many time within the context of worship; it is used after a prayer, in music, or you might even hear it while a preacher is gettin’ his or her preach on!  (We call that the Amen corner)

Basically Amen mean “let it be so” or “I agree with you” or “Preach it Sister!”

Now I have not figured out a sure fire way to know how someone is going to pronounce Amen.  But I know there are two primary pronunciations, ah-men or ay-men.  I am sure everyone has their own way of saying it.  I think the ah-men is more of a formal way to say it while ay-men you will hear in the Amen corner.

The word Amen is very Biblical  it is found throughout the Old Testament as well as the New Testament.  In fact the final word in the entire Bible Revelation 22:21 is Amen.

The thing that I associate Amen with the most is prayer.  I can’t begin to count the number of times I say Amen throughout the day.  Lately I have found myself driving without the radio on, or music coming through my iPhone because I am praying.  Sometimes it is formal when I am saying “Help me God!!” other times I am thinking through a particular problem or issue, but most of the time when I park my car and get out I say “amen.”  In other words, “thank you God for bringing me safe to this place, thank you for listening to me and please continue to be with me, in my thoughts, in my heart, in my conversations and in my life. Amen”

If I was to name a church, maybe I would call it Amen.  I would want to form the church community with people who share the extraordinary things God is doing in their life with one another each and every week.  As much as I love the liturgy, especially in the Lutheran Church, what I love more is to share Amen moments, God moments with one another. Where did you see God this week?  How did you experience the love and Grace of God?  Both wonderful questions!!  To base a community at intentionally seeking God in their life would be fantastic.

Also prayer, praise and thanksgiving are wonderful ways to communicate with God, to open your heart, mind and soul to God and when you are done, to say one simple word to wrap up it all…..Amen

How do you use the word Amen?  In what context do you feel most comfortable saying it?

My 3 Words for 2013

For the last two years I have picked three words that guide my actions, the way I live.  Instead of picking out one or two tasks for the year, I have words encapsulate ideas, visions, hopes, dreams and then I work the rest of the year to make them specific ideas.  Chris Brogan has inspired this practice.  I still have some work to fully master this concept but each year it gets easier and better.

As Chris says

“The big story is that which we want to believe about our life and our goals and our plan. The vision is how you lay that out into something you can do. Goals are a way of knowing that you’re headed in the direction of your vision and your story. Plans and milestones are what make up goals, and if this doesn’t land on the calendar, you don’t have anything.

The three words are a shorthand representation of your bigger story. It’s kind of like how an icon isn’t the software program. It’s just a way for you to mentally access all the work you’re doing.”

I have done this for the last 2 years and here were my words

2011 —  Acceleration, Mindfulness, and Learning

2012 — Simplify, Share and Balance

My words for 2013

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