Dear Friends,

You are receiving this email because you have made a commitment to spend fifteen minutes a day, five days a week, in solitude and silence, so as to draw near to God.

I want to hear how this is going for you! Please respond to this email and tell me what you are learning, what God is saying, and how this commitment is going.

Also, who else do you know who might want to make this commitment? Forward this email to them. They can receive these emails by registering here.

I’m praying with and for all of you!

In Christ,
Drawing Near, Week 3

General Instructions:

  1. Be patient and give yourself grace. This is new for many of us! 
  2. Decide which days and what time you will enter into solitude and silence. Consider putting these times on your calendar, and, if needed, share this commitment with those you are living with so that they can support you.
  3. Find a quiet place, free from distraction, where you can be comfortable.
  4. Consider lighting a candle so as to claim the space as “holy ground.”
  5. Begin each time by letting your spirit and mind settle, and asking God to guide your time with him.
  6. Consider keeping a journal so as to record how God is leading you.
Scripture for This Week:

* If one passage resonates with you, consider dwelling in that verse or verses for more than a day, and perhaps the whole week.

The biblical foundation for lament is Holy Saturday, the day in-between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. To learn more about Holy Saturday, look on pages 10-12 of our Worship Reimagined Life Group Study Guide.
Reflection for This Week:

Each day, reflect on one or more of the following, and consider writing your thoughts down in a journal:

  1. What surprises you about Jesus in the gospel passages?
  2. What draws you to Jesus in the gospel passages? How do you know that it is lamenting that God is calling you to be near to? Write a prayer of lament as if you were that person. Consider sharing it with them.
  3. Where do you find hope in these passages?
  4. What would worship be without lament?
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