Thursday, July 5. Pick out a text from this week’s lectionary and spend some time praying the scripture. Visit our Audio Lectio using this week’s gospel reading.
Words from The Word: Jesus said, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” -Mark 6:4, NLT
Audio Lectio: Listen to and pray along with the words from Mark 6:1-13.
Pray for: the people and countries of Bolivia, Chile, and Peru.
Spiritual Tools: It’s far more than a day of the week – begin this journey of Rest by exploring Sabbath as a spiritual practice.
Like other spiritual disciplines (reading scripture, prayer, fasting), Sabbath rest takes time, effort, and perseverance. Sometimes it means saying no to good activities in order to make room for rest. But the rewards of Sabbath rest are greater than I had imagine. When I am able to rest, I find peace. Even when my life is in chaos, I can sit back and know that God is in control.
From “Tips for Keeping Your Balance” by Emily Hardman, page 45 in devozine, a devotional lifestyle magazine for teens, November-December 2010. Copyright © 2010 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Prayer: God of grace, forgive me when I think what I do is so important that I can’t stop to rest. Amen.
Art Credit: Anointing of David from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.
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