Week twenty-two: The Gospel is for All

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 21
    • Noon: Psalm 74
    • Vespers: Psalm 61
    • Night: Psalm 137
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: Acts 10:1-48
    • Tuesday: Acts 11:19-30
    • Wednesday: Acts 13:1-12
    • Thursday: Acts 13:13-52
    • Friday: Acts 15:1-35
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

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

Practice

Who are the people you have the most difficulty accepting? Of whom are you most afraid? Is it a particular ethnicity, a particular subculture in your own culture, or some other group?

Take time this week to meditate on your prejudices. After a period of silent reflection write down what it is that prevents you from being accepting of this particular group/s.

Perhaps this is something you have to do over a period of several weeks. First of all, take time to listen to the perspective of this particular group by either blogs or literature they have written (without responding with comments!). The next step is to find someone of this particular group and just introduce yourself. Eventually, find an opportunity to visit with and listen to the perspective of someone from this group.

This practice can be quite threatening and if not careful it can come across as artificial. But we must start somewhere. Perhaps the very first place to start is a prayer of repentance and a request that God will help you find the opportunity for a conversation.

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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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