Week Seventeen: Called to heal and serve…

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 17
    • Noon: Psalm 68:21-35
    • Vespers: Psalm 69:1-18
    • Night: Psalm 100
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: Luke 5:1-11
    • Tuesday: Luke 5:12-26
    • Wednesday: Luke 5:27-32
    • Thursday: Luke 5:33-6:11
    • Friday: Luke 6:12-49
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

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

 Practice

The readings this week follow an interesting progression: the calling of self-admitted sinful people (with Peter featured prominently), followed by healings, forgiveness, associating with more sinful people, proclamation that Jesus is Lord, again calling these same sinful people to be special emissaries (designated apostles—Peter, again) followed by an address which is an explanation of what it means to be a Christ follower (sermon on the plain).

While we cannot make hard and fast rules or applications here the progression is something to note. You have been called as a follower of Jesus. This week has he taken you to places where healing, forgiveness, friendship, or a proclamation of Jesus as Lord is needed?

As you begin this week, watch for these opportunities to heal (by serving others physically and emotionally), to forgive, to provide friendship, and to share the identity of Jesus. Pray that God will open your eyes and your hearts to see the needs and to respond. Write down your experiences for this week. See if God has led you to these places.

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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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