Week Thirty-two: Stories, Riddles, and Power

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 32
    • Noon: Psalm 84
    • Vespers: Psalm 119:89-96
    • Night: Psalm 23
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: Mark 3:20-35
    • Tuesday: Mark 4:1-20
    • Wednesday: Mark 4:21-34
    • Thursday: Mark 4:35-5:20
    • Friday: Mark 7:1-23
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

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

Practice

From your meditations this week describe what you learn about the Kingdom of God.

Create your own parable or story-riddle. How would you describe the Kingdom of God in such a way that would get people to think and to reflect? Come up with a contemporary parable and share it with a group of friends. If they are not Jesus-followers merely explain: “I’ve been looking at the stories Jesus told in the gospel of Mark to describe what his movement was all about. I thought I’d try my hand at the same thing. Can I share my bit of creative (writing/storytelling) with you? Tell me what you think.”

If they are Jesus-followers talk about the meaning of the parables with each other over a cup of coffee or in some social setting. Ask them if they think your parable captures what Jesus is trying to say but in a contemporary way.

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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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