God Is in Control

by Beth A Richardson on July 5, 2012 · 3 comments

Anointing of David

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.

How did God speak to you through scripture today?

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

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

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.

-Emily Hardman

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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Mary July 5, 2012 at 7:04 am

As I meditated on Ps. 48 the verse that spoke to me was “We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple (v. 9).” This lead me to “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor 3:16). I praise and thank God for His unconditional love for there is freedom in His love. I am free to be who I want to be, but I choose to be who He wants me to be.

Pat July 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Mark reminds me why I have left the congregation in which I was raised. They simply could not grasp that I had become an ordained minister, pastoral counselor; thus able to be a partner with others in need of healing. They are only capable of recalling when I was a child and young adult in need of healing myself. I have often used both of Mark’s mandates with my clients. I love the image of dusting one’s feet and moving on if one’s truth falls on deaf ears.

Buzz July 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Pat, even Jesus was not accepted for who he had become in his own hometown.

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