Life With God (11 June)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

The Lord and his disciples were traveling along and came to a village. When they got there, a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat down in front of the Lord and was listening to what he said. Martha was worried about all that had to be done. Finally, she went to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it bother you that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!”

The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and upset about so many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen what is best, and it will not be taken away from her.”

(Luke 10.38-41)

Reflect:

All this week, we’ve been reminding ourselves that God is good, God is love, God is holy. It’s good to recall these good things about God- we need to remember who it is that we worship. But we are invited to move beyond knowing about God to knowing God. We are welcomed into life with God. This life with God cannot be lived in a hurry, with all the distractions and white noise of our lives. There has to be intentionality to it. Here, Mary choose what is best, to come away and sit at the feet of Jesus.

Respond:

How have you hurried through this week and lost connection with God? How can you carve out some moments, some space to just be with God today?

 

Midday Meditation:

‘The most important aspects of our lives cannot be rushed. We cannot love, think, eat, laugh, or pray in a hurry...When we are in a hurry--which comes from overextension--we find ourselves unable to live with awareness and kindness.’

(James Bryan Smith, The Good and Beautiful God)

Evening Reflection:

But first, you must start respecting the Sabbath as a joyful day of worship.
You must stop doing and saying whatever you please on this special day.
Then you will truly enjoy knowing the Lord.
He will let you rule from the highest mountains and bless you with the land
of your ancestor Jacob.
The Lord has spoken! 

(Isaiah 58.13-14)

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