Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Prayer Practice for the Week
Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina, or Divine Reading, is a prayerful way to read scripture that has four steps: Reading, Reflecting, Responding, and Resting. ( Learn more.)

Click the link for an audio file of Will reading Mark 4:35-40 to you three times with a minute’s pause between each reading. The recording ends in silence to allow you to complete your prayer experience in your own time. 
Daily Devotion

Scripture of the Day
God is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. ( Psalm 103:8)

Reflection
With hurricanes came back-to-back between earthquakes, while fire burns the western forests, and floods southeastern villages, more than one person asked: “Is God angry with us?” The answer is: “No.” I’m not suggesting God is pleased with our present stewardship of all that has been entrusted to human care. But God’s disappointment does not come in wrath or fury. God’s expectation only flows in streams of love and kindness. Have we failed the earth and its people? Spectacularly. But God does not punish us, like a parent upon catching a teenager out past curfew. Neither does God release us from the consequences of our behavior, though. Forgiven by God, we must not deal in regret and shame, but strive always with ambition and hope.

Prayer
Creator God, thank you for being better at this than I am. Sorry for those times when I lose my cool. And sorry when I presume that the speed of my rage is anything like the length of your understanding. Amen.
Spiritual Exercise

Did you click on the link we shared when the Rev. Dr. Jim Antal came to preach? Or did you see it and say: "That's neat." Check it out. Learn more about the UCC's " Three Great Loves."