Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
Sunday, November 5, 2017
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Prayer Practice for the Week
Make Time
Make time. This exploration of Jesus will only be as meaningful as you make it. So make the time. Make the time to read the material. Make the time to do the activities. And, make time for silence, for uninterrupted, unfilled space. Thomas Keating reminds us: “Silence is God’s first language; everything else is a poor translation.” Set yourself a goal of 5 minutes each day to sit and listen.
Daily Devotion

Scripture of the Day
If I take the wings of the morning, and settle at the farthest limit of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me and you right hand shall hold me fast. ( Psalm 139:9-10)

I hear a lot of people talk about the “power” of God. The almighty, omnipotent God can do anything and be anywhere. It leads me to pray to a caped super-hero Jesus. But what if God’s so-called power is not the American savior I was taught? If I think about it, the times I have felt most connected with God have not been those moments when I am rescued from danger. They have been when I am in the hole and God waited with me. They have been at the highest peak when I stopped to catch my breath. My faith began in earnest when I started running away from God, as far and as fast as I could. Only when I ran out of gas and collapsed, gasping for air, did I realize God is with me no matter where I go.

God, I don’t want to, but I know one day soon I will take the wings of the morning and settle in the deepest recess of my couch, in the bottom of one too many glasses of red, or one too many slices of pizza, or one too many promises to start “tomorrow.” Far as I go, you are with me. You will be with me, right? And once we are there, together, you will lead me home. Not back, but forward to the home that really is home. Amen.
Spiritual Exercise

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