Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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Prayer Practice for the Week

The Daily Examen
Over 400 years ago Ignatius of Loyola encouraged a prayer-filled mindfulness technique for prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and to discern his direction for us. Learn more.
Daily Devotion

Scripture of the Day
Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. ( Matthew 18:20)

Reflection
This promise comes after a very specific set of steps by which two members of the church might resolve their differences. While it is often used humorously when worship or committee attendance is light, this passage speaks more forcefully to God’s deep desire that we not be in competition and conflict with each other. For all humanity’s progress intellectually and technologically, emotionally we remain in many of the same reactive patterns. But what if we could stop the paralyzing silence and talk productively with one another? What if we could cross the gridlock partisan divide and share our hearts more honestly?

Prayer
Holy Spirit, come. We gather eagerly awaiting your help to reconcile our differences. We gather afraid to hope that you might bridge this expanse. Encourage us to speak directly with our adversary. Encourage us to bring a friend, if necessary. Bless us with a community able to help us both appreciate each other. And, if it comes to no fruit, then let the relationship be given over to your care. Amen.
Spiritual Exercise

In these conflicted times — spiritually and politically — with whom are you in conflict? Have you shortened your sentences in an effort to avoid fights? Paula Cole Jones provides a framework and tools for engaging in reconciliation. Read her guide and commit to reaching out to your enemy.