"abide in me as I abide in you..." John 15:4
I did the BCP hours this morning. I'm really enjoying following the story of Joseph and the Gospel of Mark.Also really enjoyed the corporate discipline of lectio divina - always one of my favorite parts of the week.Peace,-t
I did the BCP hours this morning before class. Got to the part of Joseph's story where he slobbers all over Benjamin. I love that passage.peace,-t
Hey Friends,I did the BCP hours this morning. I'm hoping to do Phyllis Tickle's version at midday and evening.peace,-t
I haven't done anything all week. I am planning on getting back on track this evening.
Read through the passages on our Lent cards (I’ve been keeping them on my fridge), Doing this everyday (almost) has been really great, because by the end of the week I have begun to memorize some of the passages. Never been good at the memorizing before. In the Message, Romans 5:1-11 reads: ...we throw open our doors to God and at the same moment we discover that he has thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand, out in the wide open spaces of Gods grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise....He didn’t and doesn’t wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. ….God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. I love the idea of “the wide open spaces of Gods grace and glory” It is a wide-open space isn’t it??! The more I discover about grace the more I realize that it cannot be anything else.Also I believe we are called to put ourselves on the line for people that of no use what–so-ever-to use. Sorry this is so long!
mandy, I too have been reading the lent cards. Nice move on having those each sunday.I read in John tonight about the women at the well (concidently the same thing the lent card was on) along side my devo book. There were a few things that stuck out to me as I was reading the devo that went with this.* The well of your incompleteness runs deep, but make the effort to look away from yourself and to look towards him. * We improverish and weaken His ministry in us the moment we forget He is the almighty-kd
I did the BCP hours this morning. We're still reading the story of Jacob/Joseph Gen. In Gen. 46 is says: "Then he said, "I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there. 4 I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again;"I was thinking about how Egypt is code for exile then Exodus and here is God's promise "I myself will go down withyou to Egypt." A promise mirrored by Christ where God once again came down with us and it is this Jesus who brings us up again in the new Exodus. Just thought it was pretty stunning that this is the movement of God even way back before the Jews were "a people."
I read through Colossians again today. And did the afternoon office of the Divine Hours. I had a rare opportunity when I was actually alone in my own house...never happens. So it was nice to have some quiet and to take my time doing the prayer. I think Colossians is so interesting during a time when there are so many different messages of tolerance and inclusion. Its very fashionable to think that Jesus was important, but not central. My own family and I have this discussion all the time. Paul seems to be reminding us that he is supreme and no one gets equal billing with Jesus. But that he is "So spacious and so roomy that everything of God finds its proper place in him"
I did the BCP hours this morning. Yesterday afternoon I took an hour and read through Eph., Phil., and Col. It was really good. Today I'm going to try and read Mark.Friday Confessional:I confess that I’m beginning to get behind in my reading for school. The reason I’m getting behind is Charles H. Talbert, who wrote the most boring commentary on Ephesians I’ve ever read…or it could just be my lack of motivation. Anyway, I’ve been assigned to read and write on it and I’d really rather stick my head in a vise. I confess that I feel a little pressure to get moving on this and it’s making me cranky.I confess that over the first four years of h.k10 I never had to make a hospital visit for an emergency – just babies and scheduled surgeries – but twice in the last two weeks I’ve had to go see someone in dire straights. I’m not sure I’m very good at that part of being a pastor.I confess that I’m fasting today even though I really don’t want to. It’s not even 8:30 yet and I’ve already snuck two animal crackers from my kids – that does not bode well for the day as a whole…we’ll see. I suck at fasting – it’s pretty funny actually.I confess that the NASCAR season has started and I’m a little giddy about it. I confess to wasting time late at night watching “Nascar Now” on ESPN and the Speed Channel and planning my Sunday around how much of the race I can see. I confess that I’m tired of listening to people complain and bitch about stuff (myself included). Pr. 29:18 says “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves.” (Message). I think it should say, “they tear into each other like a pack of wild dogs.” I confess that I really love our church and I’m going to do everything I can from now on to stop complaining myself and to motivate others to do the same.
KerrieWow, I've been terrible at this this week. I have had this terrible vertigo since I've been back, which makes reading nearly impossible. So, I've done next to nothing this week. I have been listening to audio bible lessons, twice this week and loving it. I miss my lectio and will try again today to read. I've been lazy also, so it's not just the reading part. I've been exhausted in a really weird way....hoping that's going away soon also.
Had some good prayer time last night , my prayer time has been fruitful since I have become an insomniac. Also did the Divine hours yesterday.I confess to I lied about not receiving a message from a crazy lady that I did not want to talk to this week. I actually told her I did not get her message when I really did, I can’t believe I did that.I confess to feeling like I am straddling 2 worlds. the kingdom life and the other one. I feel the strong pull to the “other” path all the time…. Bigger house, more stuff for my kids, 3 car garage, constant vanity etc. This tug of war is exhausting and, by the way, harder when you have stuff………..when I was broke I didn’t care so much about how we don’t have enough storage in my house or my 401k or what color the grass in my yard was. I’m ramblingI confess to vanity, aging, as it turns out, is hard for me. I feel like I look old. What happened I was always so young!! I’m spending too much energy thinking about this, and that seems shallow and vain, and embarrasses me.
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