Week Thirteen: Good living

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 15
    • Noon: Psalm 67
    • Vespers: Psalm 113
    • Night: Psalm 134
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: James 3:13-4:11
    • Tuesday: James 4:13-17
    • Wednesday: James 5:1-12
    • Thursday: James 5:13-20
    • Friday: Read the book of James through in one sitting
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

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

 Practice

James is a letter that I have labeled Discipleship for Dummies. It seems to be a primer for the scattered Jewish disciples by their pastor—James, the brother of Jesus. It is a description of how to live together in community, much like the Sermon on the Mount.

James 3-5 has a special emphasis upon the use of our tongues. Most often we find the tongue difficult to manage.

So this week I suggest a “vow of silence.” No, I don’t mean you cannot talk. What I mean is to avoid unnecessary talk. Rather than just rattling on about nothing—determine this week that every word you speak will be thought through. Avoid any kind of negative speech (which may be more difficult that total silence!). Choose instead to say only words that will encourage people and build up people.

At the end of the week, see how you do!

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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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