Week eight: The Word of life…

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 119:1-8
    • Noon: Psalm 119:9-16
    • Vespers: Psalm 119:17-24
    • Night: Psalm 119:25-32
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: 1 John 1:1:1-14
    • Tuesday: 1 John 1:5-2:2
    • Wednesday: 1 John 2:3-17
    • Thursday: 1 John 2:18-27
    • Friday: 1 John 2:28-3:24
  • Moment of silence

Prayers

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

Practice

 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.”

Think on these words. “Brother and sister” can be very broad to include all mankind. But most likely the immediate occasion for John’s writing was to encourage these followers to care for their community of believers.

Right now think of the believers in your church/community who may be experiencing difficulties and needs right now. It could be emotional turmoil, grief, broken relationships—it could be physical needs. This week commit to two things: 1) pray for these by name—not only their names but name their struggle; 2) do something—God often uses those who pray as a means to answer the prayer. What can you do this week to demonstrate your love and care? Be careful, don’t do something and then forget. Let this be the beginning of showing love and concern toward this person during the year.

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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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