Week two: Encounters

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm 2
    • Noon: Psalm 54
    • Vespers: Psalm 106:1-12
    • Night: Psalm 121
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: John 3:1-21
    • Tuesday: John 3:22-36
    • Wednesday: John 4:1-26
    • Thursday: John 4:27-38
    • Friday: John 4:39-42
  • Moment of silence 

Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”

Practice

In your journal, describe your first encounter with God. What was it like? Some people like what is called “The Four Quaker Questions” to share this experience. Get with some friends and ask the questions one at a time (everyone answers the question in a circle, then move on to the second question until all are shared).

  • What were winters like growing up?
  • How did you heat your home back then?
  • Who was the center of “warmth” in your home?
  • When did God become the “center of warmth” in your life?

Make a list of people you know who you believe have not encountered Jesus in a life-changing way. Consider our task is not to bring someone “all the way” to faith–but to move them at least “one step closer” to an encounter with God. Ask yourself for each person: “How can I move this person one step closer to meeting Jesus?”

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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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