Keeping Focus

by Beth Richardson on June 8, 2012 · 4 comments

God reigning in majesty

Friday, June 8. Continue to reflect on your experiences of discerning God’s will as you read “Our Life Task” (p. 8). What form has cultural seduction taken as you sought to be faithful? What element was the hardest to turn your back on?

Describe how God calls you back from the many distractions.

Words from The Word: On the day I called O Lord, you
answered me, you increased my strength of soul. -Psalm 138:3, NRSV

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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Buzz June 8, 2012 at 8:12 am

I can’t do this. As soon as I think “this is the way God calls me back” another way pops into mind. I guess it’s like asking me to describe God. I can’t do that either. I’m thinking it’s best for me this way. If I could describe God or any of God’s attributes, I would be God. Alas, I’m not God. I think it best for God to be God.

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Buzz June 8, 2012 at 8:12 am

I can’t do this. As soon as I think “this is the way God calls me back” another way pops into mind. I guess it’s like asking me to describe God. I can’t do that either. I’m thinking it’s best for me this way. If I could describe God or any of God’s attributes, I would be God. Alas, I’m not God. I think it best for God to be God.

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Pat June 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

It becomes a spiritual “hunger” for me

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Nancy June 9, 2012 at 12:16 am

I am having a flare of my arthritis. Yesterday, I wanted to stay in bed. A police officer called me to help with a domestic abuse case. I saw God’s love demonstrated by the officer and the Children’s services rep in an astounding way. A real solution to help this woman. The Spirit keeps reminding me this is how it should always be. It blew away my pain.

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