Trusting God during times of trouble can be challenging. Even more challenging, perhaps, is trusting God while in fear of trouble to come. So often, our biggest fears are lived out only in our imaginations, though the impact they have on our physical and psychological well-being is very real. Our...
Lord, it can be hard for me to trust in your sustaining love. Fear, anxiety, and doubt keep me in a loop of worry, tension, and despair. Help me to see all the ways you have already loved me, carried me, and been there for me. Help me to notice how your grace and love are present even now. Help me to let you love me through my fears. Amen.
The first three readings for the week contain variations on the imagery of stones or rocks. In Acts, Stephen is killed as the first Christian martyr by being stoned to death, while Saul (Paul) stands by and approves. The psalmist proclaims his confidence in the Lord, whom he describes as his rock and fortress. Peter tells the believers that they have become living stones in the household of God because of their connection to the chief Cornerstone, Christ. In John, Jesus makes an explicit claim to being the only way to God. In our current cultural context, many wonder about the spiritual status of followers of other religions. Jesus’ statement in John 14:6 invites us to deep reflection on this important question.
Read Acts 7:55-60. Recall a time when you have seen God’s power in action. How was God’s power different than you might have expected?
Read Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16. Contemplate your answers to the author’s questions. How do the psalmist’s hope and experiences reflect your own?
Read 1 Peter 2:2-10. When have you experienced God as a loving Mother? When has Christ been your cornerstone?
Read John 14:1-14. How do you experience God’s presence through the life or actions of others?
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