Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
Saturday, December 9, 2017
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Prayer Practice for the Week
Clearness Committee
This is the last week of “Meeting Jesus Again.” How has this experience and book-study changed your life? How has it deepened your faith? What is God calling you to next?

Quaker Clearness Committee is a small group that is called together to assist a person who is seeking the Holy Spirit's direction. In this process of discernment, the participants listen for God who is speaking through each person present. If the participants are hearing the Spirit's leadings, there is a common direction that is discerned. ( Continue reading.)

Today, where do you want to hold your Clearness Committee? What is shape of the space; how do you want to set up your discernment experience?
Daily Devotion

Scripture of the Day
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Holy One with gladness; come into God’s presence with singing. ( Psalm 100:1-2)
Reflection
Singing matters. It’s ok if you can’t sing. Not all songs are about music. As long as it is joyful, it can still be noise and be beautiful to God. Neurobiology can detect the effects of music on the brain; music is processed in a different region of the brain than speech. As much as I love talk radio, I try to spend at least a few days driving in the car to music — singable music. Put on a concert. Your voice is a gift to God. Your song is a gift to yourself.

Prayer
Spirit of the Song, borrow from me this fear of singing — and do not give it back! Inspire my lungs to take a deep breath and my voice to sing my best Pavarotti, my best Whitney, my best John Denver, my best Dolly, my best Beyonce. And even if I sound more like Oscar the Grouch, let it be a joyful thing that we sing a duet together. Amen.
Spiritual Practice

A recent study of dementia patients found that music was a more effective mood stabilizer than any drug. And, without heavy sedation, patients were less likely to fall and sustain injuries. So, it occurs to me... in addition to my Will and my Durable Power of Attorney, perhaps I need to prepare my "Life Playlist," so that when I am no longer able to express my preferences, my favorite songs can be played for me and my life restored.

Write a playlist of your top 25-50 favorite songs of all time. Keep it with your most important documents.