Week 6 March 19-25 Theme: God’s grace is unearned, unexpected—how should we respond to the gift?
Set aside 12 minutes a day for reading and prayer.
Monday 3/19 Read Jeremiah 31: 27-34 At the worst moment of their nation’s existence, about to become exiled, with the Temple about to be destroyed, when all hope was gone, God decides to speak again. This time God does not speak about punishment. Instead, God plants a seed of hope. Think about a dark time in your life. Where did hope come from for you? In what way could that glimpse of something better be the bloom of a seed planted by the hand of God?
Pray: With thanksgiving I pray to you even if at first I thought you were not involved, or worse, caused my pain. I am grateful because in the midst of suffering, hope surprised me.
Tuesday 3/20 Read Jeremiah 31: 27-34 The promise is that everyone will know God and everyone will be God’s people. Have you ever thought, “Well I shouldn’t have to tell them –they should’ve known better,” about anything? Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought, “I should’ve known better?” What blocks your mind from knowing what is already on your heart? In what way can you let the Spirit of God free you to know and be known?
Pray: God of revelation, open my eyes that I may see, my ears that I may hear, my life that I may serve, my heart that I may love.
Wednesday 3/21 Read Psalm 51: 1-12. Pause and think about the things in your life that seem in some way broken, relationships, work, physical well-being, emotional stability—whatever you endure that brings grief to your life and seems to linger without resolution. Simply bring those to mind without analyzing. Sit silently for 2 minutes. Return to the psalm and pray it as you read.
Prayer: Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Thursday 3/22 Read Hebrews 5: 1-10 Most of the time Christians celebrate the choice Christ made to become a human being. This text invites us to consider that God appointed the human Jesus to become a priest and Jesus accepted the calling. Our baptism is meant to signify our appointment to the priesthood of all believers. In what ways are you “priestly?” What sacrifices have you made to fulfill your calling as a priest?
Prayer: Christ, in you I see the joy and sorrow of serving God’s beloved children. May I accept my role in your ministry with joy and endure any suffering with hope in you, Living God.
Friday 3/23 Read John 12: 20-33 To whom would you go and say, “I want to see Jesus.” Why them?
Prayer: Thank you for sending people my way who show me the face of Christ.
See you in Loudermilk Worship: Gospel @ The Rock 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 3/24 Read John 12: 20-33 Who in your life right now might be seeking something more? Are there specific conversations that offer moments when you might hear them saying in other words, “I wish to see Jesus?”
Prayer: Surprise me O God, as you open my eyes and ears, with the many ways people I meet and people I know really want to see you. Since I am there with them already, help me show them your way.
Sunday 3/25 See you in Sanctuary Worship: From Palms to Passion 11:00 a.m.