Week Three: Healings…

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 3
    • Noon: Psalm 55
    • Vespers: Psalm 106:13-23
    • Night: Psalm 122
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: John 4:43-54
    • Tuesday: John 5:1-14
    • Wednesday: John 8:1-11
    • Thursday: John 9:1-17
    • Friday: John 9:18-41
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

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

 Practice

Jesus’ healings were confirmation of his Messianic role. However, they were not merely proofs. They were demonstrations of what it meant for Kingdom come. The healings demonstrated what God wanted his renewed world to be like: a place where all that is wrong has been set right: the lame walk, the deaf hear, the blind see—all creation renewed, restored, and made whole.

As followers of Christ we are called to demonstrate those kingdom values. Where is the hurt in your community? Where are those who suffer? Where is creation “groaning” under the weight of injustice and evil?

Perhaps you know of places and opportunities to demonstrate God’s love and restoration in your own community. It may be providing food for those in bad economic situations, it may be visiting and being present where there are lonely people (nursing homes, hospitals, drug rehab centers), or it may be caring for the landscape in your community by working with like-minded people in cleaning up the environment. This week, plug in where you can demonstrate God’s kingdom agenda!

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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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