Waiting

by Beth Richardson on June 5, 2012 · 7 comments

God reigning in majesty

Tuesday, June 5. In Psalm 130 the psalmist cries out to God and commits to waiting for God. Think about a time you waited for God to speak. How did you feel? What happened?

What is it like to wait upon God?

Words from The Word: God, high above, sees far below; no matter the distance, he knows everything about us. -Psalm 138:6, The Message

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Listen to and pray along with the words of Mark 3:31:35

Pray for: the people and countries of Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland.

Spiritual Tools: Sometimes, God calls out to us by affirming the activities in which we already find peace and joy. Explore Gardening as a way of discerning call, or imagine how God calls you through your other hobbies.

Quote:

Our times cry out for a mass movement of compassion. This urgent need coincides with the goal of the Christ-following life, for unless our faith makes us compassionate, it can hardly be called Christian. Following Jesus means moving out of our privatized, isolated, and self-enclosed worlds into a compassionate engagement with our suffering neighbor. As we open ourselves to the pilgrimage experience, … we journey from self-centeredness to compassion. May you and I become everyday pilgrims whom God can use to bring healing to our broken world.

-Trevor Hudson
A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion

From page 112 of A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion by Trevor Hudson. Copyright (c) 2005 by Trevor Hudson. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Prayer: God of grace, shine a light on your path and set my feet to follow it. Amen.


Art Credit: God reigning in majesty from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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Joan June 5, 2012 at 7:55 am

I am remembering an Alive Now article of long ago on this Psalm. In fact I think it was the issue on Psalms. I can remember the exact story that went along with the article … Watching for the morning as the late shift worker in college… It speaks to the power of your ministry that this story is coming back to me. Many thanks!

I feel I am waiting for some direction from God and the darkness seems to me to be about knowing what is of God and what is something else… Confusing and sometimes even contradictory… And the great fear of choosing the wrong or lesser path.

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Beth Richardson June 5, 2012 at 8:39 am

Thanks, Joan. And many blessings. May God be present with you in your waiting.

Beth

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Joan June 5, 2012 at 7:57 am

Re-reading it, I guess this psalm really moves me into prayer. Thanks for this ministry

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Beth Richardson June 5, 2012 at 8:40 am

you are welcome. Blessings ….

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Buzz June 5, 2012 at 8:02 am

…the most ______ experience I can possibly ever have. PTL!

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Beth Richardson June 5, 2012 at 8:39 am

Thanks, Buzz. Blessings.

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Pat June 5, 2012 at 9:15 am

I am currently in a “wait” mode since deaths of son, former husband, retirement, move and remarriage. Over the years during other “wait” times I have found that if I am still and listen the answers will come regarding “what next?” I think of the verse that says, “Knock and the door shall be opened.” And…..keep knocking if the listener may be on the phone with someone else’s request.

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