Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
Friday, November 17, 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 Luke 5:18-20 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
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. ( Psalm 51:10)

It took me a while to claim this one. I so much want the freshly-charged, new, wise, right spirit. But there is a price, or at least it feels like one to me. I have to face the ways in which my heart is cluttered and dirty. Whenever I have a project — a sermon to write, a creation to craft, a meal to cook — I begin by cleaning. The clean workspace energizes me. Cleaning, in this sense, is a two fold effort: tidying up the clutter, and washing the dirt away. Why is the spiritual application of this so hard to accept?

Holy Spirit, make plain to me who I am and how I am built. Draw the lines between your fire within me and the way of Jesus. Hold me to the mirror that I may understand fully my sin — the space between me and God and my neighbor, the incompleteness of my labor, the almost-there-but-still-a-little-ways-to-go of my dreams. Hand me a broom and help me sweep these floors and clear the workbench of my soul that a new, right spirit may flourish again. Amen.
Spiritual Practice
Spiritual practices are often physical metaphors in the everyday world that give us insight or experience for our internal sacred work. Recognizing that ours is not an effort toward "purity," might an effort to declutter -- even just a room or a corner or a folder on your computer -- be a pathway toward meeting Jesus?

"The decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. In fact, there are a variety of people who have come up with some pretty fun, creative ways to get started."