An exploration of the wide, expansive nature of God through the study of scripture.
"This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" Romans 8:15
Daily reading: Mark 10:46-52
August 10, 2015
Focus scripture: When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to shout, “Jesus,
Son of David, show me mercy!” Mark 10:47
Bartimaeus was seeking for transformation
in his life.He cried out to Jesus so
that he could have sight, he cried out so that he could go from being a beggar
on the street, dependent upon the kindness of his community to sustain his
life, so that he could get up and “follow Jesus on the way.”What Bartimaeaus had the faith to do, is to
imagine that life, his life could be transformed.What he cried out for was new life.
Bartimaeus threw off his coat when Jesus
called to him.According to Matthew
Henry’s commentary “he cast away everything that might be in danger of throwing
him down, or might in any way hinder him in coming to Christ – [he] cast away
the garment of [his] own self sufficiency.”
What might you need to cast away that
causes you to be dragged down?What do
you carry around in your every day life that keeps you from fully embracing the
presence of Christ in your life?
Prayer:God help me to fully depend upon you.Open my eyes to the places where I am blind to growth.Amen.
Friday June 30, 2017 Psalm
23 TheLordis my shepherd. I lack nothing. 2 He lets me rest in grassy
meadows; he leads me to restful waters; 3 he keeps mealive. He guides me in proper paths for the sake of his good name. 4 Even when I walk through the
darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff— they protect me. 5 You set a table for me right in front of my enemies. You bathe my head in oil; my cup is so full it spills over! 6 Yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will livein theLord’s house as long as I live.
Pray a prayer of gratitude today and allow
the psalm to be your guide. Take time to
think about your day, what are you grateful for? Write down all of these moments as way to capture
your gratitude. Offer up prayers of
gratitude throughout your day.
reading: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Saturday,
September 2, 2017 In
his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul reminds us that there is something
fundamentally broken and out of alignment in society that goes against the
nature of God’s relationship with us and with one another. When we participate in Communion, it is an
act of prophetic proclamation. It is a
moment to proclaim the liberation we find in God through Christ Jesus, it is a
moment in enact our fundamental belief that nothing can separate us from the
love of God found in Christ Jesus.
Prayer: God, help me to be mindful of your presence in
my life: help me to see your presence in everyone I encounter today. May my words and actions embody your radical
welcome and love for Your creation.
Daily reading: Isaiah 9:1-7 Sunday, November 19, 2017 Who are these people that are walking in darkness? What is the darkness and what light has
dawned upon them? These are some of the questions that drive our curiosity. Isaiah was a prophet that wrote during the 8th
century BCE, in Jerusalem in the southern kingdom during the time that the
northern kingdom had been defeated by the Assyrians and the upper class had
been deported and when the southern kingdom existed as a vassal state to
Assyria. When I read this portion of Isaiah I am reminded of images
that I have seen of war torn Syria, of cities in ruins, with rubble, smoke and
chaos, a place where people have no hope and so have fled as refugees from
their homes. I think of what was
happening in Juarez at the height of the drug war, when city streets were
vacant even during the day and children played indoors behind pulled
curtains. When I read this passage I think of those who have been
trapped in the human trafficking industry.…