Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
Thursday, November 23, 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 1 Samuel 3:2-10; only this time imagine you are another character. If you first thought of yourself as young Samuel, consider what it might have been like to be the wiser Eli. Or, the other way around. Could you even imagine yourself to be the Spirit of God?
Daily Devotion

Scripture of the Day
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. ( Psalm 119:105)

Reflection
If I am not paying attention to it, I will approach God for solutions and for conclusions. I read the scriptures anticipating a completed project, and then am quickly frustrated when all I find are component parts. Faith is Ikea furniture and the bible pictogram instructions. Faith is a loaded grocery cart and the bible the recipe. Our ancestors in faith provide us some guidance and suggestion, but in the end it is our own journey to take, our own path to follow.

Prayer
God, when I am eager for the destination, reveal to me the importance of the passageway. When I just want to get home and lock the door behind me, maybe then at that exact moment of my flight, draw me back out onto the road. For the world is my home, and all the people in it my family. Amen.
Spiritual Practice
Watch the video all the way through. Please. Trust me. Amazing, right? Take a moment and remember a you took a jump of this scale. How did you conjure up such courage? Why do you think this chick made such a harrowing leap? Was there ever a time when you were “floating.” What does it take to coast against the updraft and to trust in your weak, under-feathered wings? Tell the story of when you hit the rock wall and tumbled down. Not all of us survive the impact of our fall; but some manage to survive and learn. Who are the loved ones you’ve lost? What are the times you’ve managed to survive?