Discovering and Defining

by Beth A Richardson on May 16, 2012 · 4 comments

Word of Life mural

Wednesday, May 16. Read “Passions and Desires” (p. 19) and remember your thoughts from Monday and Tuesday.

Is your response to following Jesus more like watered trees or rigorous discipleship?

Words from The Word: They cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles. -Acts 1:26, NIV

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Hear and pray the words from John 17:6-10.

Pray for: the people and countries of Kenya and Tanzania.

Spiritual Tools: Journey alongside the Clearness Committee with the practice of Making Decisions.


GOD KNOWS US and calls us by name. We are not strangers or aliens to God. We are each and all God’s beloved. We have as our lover the Creator and Master of all that exists. The One who calls us beloved is also the one who know us so intimately and well that even the number of hairs on our head is known.

-Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job
A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God

From pp. 95-96 of A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God by Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job. Copyright © 2003 by Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of Upper Room Books.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, as I await your coming, fill me with both stillness and action. Amen.

Art Credit: Millard Sheets – Word of Life mural, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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Molly May 16, 2012 at 5:43 am

I’ve had many years of rigorous discipleship and learned a great deal. The practices remain part of my life. But now I find the watered tree is the image that holds me. That water of life is there all the time no matter what is going on. Such a precious gift. Such amazing provision. Such blessing.

Buzz May 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

Personal views of oneself are never very clear. It’s the way were made, I guess.
When forced to choose, I say a “watered tree”. I believe my roots sink deep into the love of Jesus. My branches are wide and flush providing sanctuary for all. My trunk isn’t too beautiful if one looks up close; but, it does provide a solid resting place. I am a…TREE OF GOD!

Nancy C. Hardin May 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I am from Florida, and as a child often visited orange groves. The orange tree is a tree with a lovely full shape that almost touches the ground. The leaves are are a dark, glossy green. The most beautiful part is that they produce flowers and fruit at the same time. Citrus trees are unique in this.

I would like to be like an orange tree. A follower of Christ whose self is pleasing to others, continually working to produce a harvest, and offering God’s love as a complete and delicious gift.

Abigail Greene May 17, 2012 at 8:45 am

Oh, I like that image…plus the groves smell “heavenly” when they are in bloom; not to mention the bees buzzing around and sharing the pollen elsewhere. A very good choice indeed.

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