Week Forty-three: Alien Nation

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 43
    • Noon: Psalm 89:38-52
    • Vespers: Psalm 116
    • Night: Psalm 150
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: 1 Peter 1:1-13
    • Tuesday: 1 Peter 1:14-2:12
    • Wednesday: 1 Peter 2:13-25
    • Thursday: 1 Peter 3:1-4:11
    • Friday: 1 Peter 4:12-5:11
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

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

 Practice

Explore the central point of the book: Dear friends, I urge you[1], as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (1 Peter 2:12)

What is Peter calling you to this week in response to the call to abstain from sinful desires which wage war against your life and to live good lives among the pagans?

[1] In first century personal letters, the phrase “I urge you” was a marker that signified the point of the letter. What led up to this word (parakeleo) would be background material paving the way for the central concern. All that followed would be the how.
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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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