Week Twenty-three: Suffering

Preparation

  • Recite Psalms 130 and 131
  • Moment of silence

Presence through the word

  • Psalm Reading

Morning:            Psalm 22:1-21

Noon:                Psalm 75

Vespers:            Psalm 127

Night:                Psalm 138

  • Moment of Silence
  • Scripture readings:

-Monday:            Job 1:1-22

-Tuesday:            Job 2:1-13

-Wednesday:      Job 29:1-25

-Thursday:          Job 30:1-31

-Friday:              Job 38:1-21; 34-40; 42:1-6

  • Moment of Silence

Practicing the presence

Visit a place where people suffer. It may be a hospital, nursing home, homeless shelter, etc. Visit with the volunteers, staff, and patients/clients. Instead of offering words of comfort, ask them to tell their stories.

As they share their stories or their concerns, listen and merely reflect back what they tell you, encouraging them to share as much as they wish. Ask if it would be appropriate for you to pray with them. If so, then pray. If not, thank them for sharing and ask if there is a way you can serve in the future.

Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling or Silent reflection
  • The “Lord’s Prayer”
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About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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