Week sixteen: Doubts and restitution…

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 8
    • Noon: Psalm 60
    • Vespers: Psalm 108:1-6
    • Night: Psalm 108:7-13
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: John 20:18-23
    • Tuesday: John 20:24-31
    • Wednesday: John 21:1-14
    • Thursday: John 21:15-25
    • Friday: Re-read John 20-21 in one sitting
  • Moment of silence

Prayers

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

Practice

 As you reflect on the doubters and the betrayers in this story ask yourself if you have fit into any of these categories? Who was it who first gave you hope in the middle of your doubts? Who was it that first extended forgiveness to you—who taught you what forgiveness really means?

Pay very close attention to the people with whom you come in contact this week. Are there any who are struggling with doubt? Are there any who seem to be burdened with guilt? Try to find creative ways to share a word of forgiveness and a word of hope in these situations. Pray specifically that God will give you the words to say and/or the actions to demonstrate.

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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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