Creating Silence (5 November 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up toward heaven and blessed the food. Then he broke the bread and handed it to his disciples to give to the people. He also divided the two fish, so that everyone could have some. After everyone had eaten all they wanted, Jesus' disciples picked up twelve large baskets of leftover bread and fish. There were five thousand men who ate the food. Right away, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and start back across to Bethsaida. But he stayed until he had sent the crowds away. Then he told them good-bye and went up on the side of a mountain to pray.

(Mark 6.41-46)

Reflect: 

These are exciting times to be with Jesus. Earlier the Apostles, instructed by Jesus, are visiting towns to tell people to turn to God; they are healing the sick and casting out demons. Now they witness the provision of food for 5000 men plus women and children. Momentum is increasing, the crowds are growing and they are right at the centre of it all. But Jesus is concerned to conserve their energy and to sustain their spiritual lives, rather than let them run on adrenaline. So he persuades them to withdraw in a boat and he retreats alone to a mountain to pray.

Respond: 

Take time to withdraw today, to create time alone to be with God and renew your life in him.

Midday Meditation:

Here I am Lord; I’ve come to do your will.

Here I am Lord, in your presence I am still. 

(Celtic Daily Prayer) 

Evening Reflection:

What good is it to gain the whole world, but lose your soul?
What good is it to make a sweet sound, but remain proud?
In view of God’s mercy, I offer my all

And take my life, let it be everything, all of me
Here I am, use me for Your glory
In everything I say and do, let my life honour You
Here I am living for Your glory 

(Living For Your Glory – Tim Hughes)

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