Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Prayer Practice for the Week
Who are you in the story?
Scripture stories often have a number of characters that make up the drama. Who do you identify with by default? Are you the one Jesus is talking to? Are you the one Jesus is healing? What about the bystanders? What about the opposition?

Today, re-read Mark 4:35-39; only this time imagine you are another character. If you first thought of yourself as one of disciples panicking in the boat, what might it be like for you to be Jesus, asleep in the boat?
Daily Devotion

Scripture of the Day
“I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life.” ( Deuteronomy 30:19)

Reflection
Moses had journeyed with the people of Israel for nearly forty years. It was almost time for them to give up their wilderness life and enter into the Promised Land. But Moses knew he would die before crossing the Jordan River. So, he gathered everyone for one final sermon. He summarized his ministry and their time in the desert. What I appreciate about that time — as they moved from the death of slavery to the life of freedom — was that it was not short. We do not flip a switch and we are free. We do not turn a corner and we are healed. We do not wake up one morning to find all grief gone forever. It is a daily choice. And every choice is either in the direction of a return to slavery or a step out toward life. Which will I choose? And am I awake when I make the choice?

Prayer
Liberating God, free me from my habit of choosing death without noticing. Break the chains of my routine that leads me to indulge in those things that only make tomorrow harder. Lead me out from what is comfortable into the strange land of better decisions. Amen. 
Spiritual Practice
Today is the second day to complete this assignment. For every person who will be at your Thanksgiving Table, write a "Thank you" note. It does not need to be long -- especially if you have a big family -- but write a note expressing why you are grateful for that person. This is especially important if you have a family member with whom you do not get along. You don't need to ignore the tension in the relationship, just find something you are grateful for about them.