A Matter of Framing (@iPreacher007)


How you frame a picture has a profound effect on what the picture looks like – a rubbishy frame can ruin the best picture. I’ve been pondering the issue of how we frame our pictures of the world, or to put it another way, how we interpret our experiences.

Seeking God

In his introduction to 1 Chronicles, Andy Byers pointed to the theme of seeking God as the key principle of the book. It seems to me that seeking God is a question of outlook and attitude which rests on and is shaped by the desire for and experience of prayer. Prayer affects the way we frame reality; it colours what we see. When I fail to pray my framing is distorted by self-interest. I easily slip into a griping and grumbling attitude. My rubbishy frame ruins the picture and I no longer see clearly.

The Gift of Hope

At the start of a New Year I am acutely aware that framing our experiences of life, on-line and offline, with God’s help and wisdom, gives us the potential to offer our communities a rare and wonderful commodity…Hope.

The call to seek the Lord is a call to hope. Engaging in intercessory prayer is an activity based on hope. As I write, the situation in South Sudan is terrible. This young nation is once again riven by factionalism and war. Hope shapes the way we frame the possibilities for the future of Sudan. We pray conscious that the picture is bleak, but hopeful that God can reframe the reality of that land and bring peace, reconciliation and hope. If I don’t believe there is a better future for South Sudan, or for all the other bleak and deathly situations we face, globally, locally and personally, then my perspective will tend towards despair. My experience of life will be framed in darkness, a darkness which is ultimately death-dealing because it squeezes out the Light.

Words of David

The writer of 1 Chronicles records David’s words when the Ark of the Covenant was brought into the city of David:

 ‘Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles and the judgements he has offered.’

Or, to put it another way: ‘Frame your understanding of the world in all its beauty and all its horrors, with faithful conviction that God is, and because God is there is always Hope.’

About Kate Bruce

Deputy Warden, Cranmer Hall, teacher, preacher, digital adolescent. Interested in helping people to preach better, find their voice and communicate with energy, integrity and conviction. Think faith should make a difference at the sharp end. Love God. Love Dog.