Thoughts on God: November 8, 2017
Faith is more than abstract thought. Faith must be lived. Through practice we improve, right? In so many areas of our lives, the effort we put into consistent and regular practice matters more than what we simply think. Practice leads to proficiency and increased understanding, which leads to greater depth in knowledge and experience.
This is true of our faith journey.
So, each week I offer a series of practices for your edification - a way of being faith-full in your daily life. There are five parts to each week's practice:
Pause: Find a space to gather together with a friend, neighbor or the members of your household. An evening meal would be a great setting in which to share in these practices together. We grow in relationship with God as we grow in relationship with others - you can't do faith in a vacuum.
Read: Read the key verse (I'll give you one each week) together. Maybe take turns reading it out loud two or three times. As you read, drink in the words. As you listen, be drawn into the story.
Pray: Invite someone to read the prayer aloud as you pray together before beginning your meal or going deeper into conversation with one another.
Share: I'll provide you with a few conversation questions. Connect with one another over your meal, a drink or just through this set apart time if that's how you use it.
Bless: As you close out your meal or time together, offer one another words of blessing.
Okay, so here we go:
But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an overflowing stream.
God of mercy, your vision of justice for all is at the center of our faith. Clear our eyes to see it newly as something worth striving for, as messy and difficult as it may be. Renew our zeal for your gospel for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Savior. AMEN.
What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
Where do you see the greatest inequalities in your community?
What can YOU do to make your world more just?
How does one person become a crowd, a crowd become a movement, movement become change?
May God wash you with a spirit of justice. AMEN.