Jul20MonJuly 20, 2020 by Debbie Laginskie
Read the story of the persistent widow in a few translations: Luke 18:1-8
Ponder the closing verses of this passage that describe to us God’s posture towards us and His longing for us in our prayer lives:
Will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will...
Jul13MonJuly 13, 2020
Imaginative Gospel Contemplation : Reading the passage 3 times, you put yourself in the story, as one of the characters and use your five senses in connection with your imagination. For this exercise, I will invite you to place yourself as a different character for each reading. Reading the scriptures this way can really help the scriptures to...
Jul6MonJuly 6, 2020
Main Scripture: Luke 4:14-21 (as prophesied in Isaiah 61:1-3)
Very early on in life we come up against unfairness. We resist it – for ourselves and for others. We have a strong desire for life to be fair; when it is not, we want justice served.
God’s image is actually reflected in through us in that we have a...
Jun29MonJune 29, 2020
How do we experience Jesus’ greatness in our grief frustration in the many deaths we face in this life?
I think that right at the front end, there is a shift in most of us when it comes to our God image. How we see Jesus and His posture towards us. Jesus is a welcomer of us as we are. We come to Him in honesty and in that...
Jun22MonJune 22, 2020
John 20:19-31; Mark 9:14-29
In John 20, Jesus has risen from the dead. He miraculously comes among his disciples and shows them his wounds. Wounds that remain on his glorified body. He comes to bring them peace. He comes to breathe on them so that they may receive the Holy Spirit. He comes to send them out in His name to do the work of the...
Jun15MonJune 15, 2020
There is a difference between being lonely and being alone. There are many reasons why we are lonely and often it isn’t because there is no one around. People can be just as lonely in a crowd as they are when alone.
We read in the gospels that Jesus went to lonely places to be with His Father. I’m sure they talked over a lot of...
Jun8MonJune 8, 2020
GREATER THAN MY NEED : Mark 6: 30-44
God isn’t greater than our needs in the way that He doesn’t care about our needs and just wants us to somehow press through or past them and give yet again. He is greater than our needs in the way that He will meet our need for rest and renewal but may ask us to show compassion before we can get...
Jun1MonJune 1, 2020
HE IS GREATER THAN…The Storm
Open in prayer, asking the Lord to be showing you where He is speaking and how He wants to reveal Himself to you in this reflection.
Read Mark 4:35-41 in Imaginative Gospel Contemplation format as follows:
Reflect as described on the picture of the storm after each reading of the story.
1 st Reading : As you...
May25MonMay 25, 2020
LOOKING BACK ON THE FAITHFULNESS & GOODNESS OF GOD
Elijah and Elisha’s Road Trip (That tells the story of God’s faithfulness)
We have looked at the end of Elijah’s life and how he took his mentee, Elisha, to the significant places of God’s people – of where God was God in key ways. Remembering the faithfulness...
May18MonMay 18, 2020
Prayer Exercise : Engaging with Injustice
The Story of Naboth: 1 Kings 21 (You can read the story here that the message was formed around)
Leader have everyone mute themselves and say the following prayer out loud. *If you are doing this on your own, read the Psalm out loud yourself.
O God, we pray for all those in our world
who are suffering...