May 19 – May 25, 2020

WORD

12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.

6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.  8Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.

10And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

Explore:

  • What does this Scripture say about God?
  • What does this Scripture say about life?
  • What am I hearing in this Scripture?
  • What am I going to do with this Scripture?
  • Want to explore Scripture more deeply?  Then check out our Exploring Scripture page! 

Table Talk:

Use these conversation starters to talk about life and God with your kids, spouse, or friends during the week!  A great place to do this is at the dinner table.  There’s one prompt for each day of the week!

Tuesday: Read the Scripture passage together.

Wednesday: I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit when…

Thursday: What does it mean to be humble?

Friday: I feel anxious when…

Saturday: In what ways do you experience God’s strength?

Sunday: I know God cares for me because…

Monday: What have you heard from God over the past week?

 

SPIRIT

Sacred Reading:

This practice allows you to listen to the Scripture for the week and to open yourself up to God’s voice in that Scripture.

 

  • Click on the audio link above and listen to the Scripture.  As you listen this first time, ask God to point out to you a word or phrase from the Scripture.
  • Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a second time.  As you listen this second time, ask God to reveal to you the holy intentions for this word or phrase that is being spoken into your life.
  • Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a third time.  As you listen this third time, ask God how you might respond to this word or phrase being spoken into your life today.

Meditation: 

 

Look at the image above.  I absolutely love this picture!  These two furry friends might not be human, but their expressions and actions certainly relate to human ones.  It’s hard to tell which one of them is the comforter and which one needs the comfort.  What’s obvious is that their connection is providing strength during distress.  In our Scripture, Peter is honest about the troubles facing us in our lives.  There are sufferings and temptations that challenge us, as evil looks to devour us and destroy our hope.  What struggles are you facing right now in your life?  Do you ever feel overwhelmed, threatened, and about to be devoured?  How do you face such troubles?  Take a moment and tell God how you feel, no matter how you are feeling today.

As honest as Peter is about our struggles, he is just as honest about our hope.  Jesus Christ is waiting upon us, asking us to trust in our connection to him.  Peter says we can cast our anxiety upon him.  Do you ever feel anxious?  Take a moment to cast your anxiety upon Jesus Christ.  When Peter writes about this, this does not imply a gentle request to Jesus, asking calmly for him to address our needs.  This implies that we can desperately fling ourselves into his arms, losing ourselves in his embrace when we feel like we’re about to fall apart.  He will not resist us; he will catch us and hold us closely to his heart.  Peter minces no words – Jesus cares for you.  He does not have to be convinced to listen or attend to you.  Jesus wants to hold you close and be your refuge.  In what ways do you hear Jesus calling to you today?  How might you cast your cares upon him?  What is his response to your troubles?  Spend a moment in silence and stillness, allowing yourself to be held by Jesus as closely as our two friends in the picture are embracing one another.  Feel his divine comfort.  Let his love for you surround you and touch your soul.  You can trust in Jesus – he cares for you like none other.  Amen.

Spiritual Practice: Reflection Song

This week, listen to the song Hold Me Jesus by Rich Mullins.  This song is an honest plea for the comforting presence of God during difficulty.  As you listen, reflect on the words.  Pay attention to the presence of God, who surrounds you in peace and love.  May this song be a source of strength for you in the up and down times of the week.

Breath Prayer: LORD God, surround us with your comforting presence.

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