Week Eight: Deliverance

Preparation

  • Recite Psalms 130 & 131
  • Moment of silence

Presence through the word

  • Psalm reading (selected from below)
    • Morning:         Psalm 120
    • Noon:             Psalm 125
    • Vespers:          Psalm 128
    • Night:             Psalm 134
  • Moment of Silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday:         Genesis 37:1-11
    • Tuesday:         Genesis 37:12-36
    • Wednesday:   Genesis 38
    • Thursday:        Genesis 39 & 40
    • Friday:                        Genesis 41:1-46
  • Moment of Silence

Practicing the presence

Many have suggested that Joseph began as an arrogant young man and through his struggles turned into a mighty servant of God. When looking at your own problems and challenges in your life can you say your struggles have brought you closer or further away from God? Explain.

Research the “persecuted church”. Organizations like Voices of the Martyrs and www.persecutedchurch.org are good places to start. See what you can do to help others who suffer as they serve God.

A little deeper: How does the story of Tamar and Judah function in the Joseph narrative? Is the writer trying to tell us something? Note how Reuben tried to rescue Joseph—he was sympathetic and as the oldest the most responsible. However, in Genesis chapters 43 & 44 you see Judah take the lead. Does the incident with Tamar have anything to do with this change in Judah? In what ways?

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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