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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Reflection: Subjection: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1.     Do you ever see subjection as a means of hope? Why?

2.     From the previous verses creation seems to participate despite lack of choice. In what circumstances would you participate rather than resist?

3.     Would your outward obedience and inner heart be in agreement? Why or why not?

Share: For either reply what would you expect as a personal consequence?


Monday, January 15, 2018

Subjection: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Romans 8:20

“For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope.”

Subjected and hope are not two words we normally put together.

Subjection usually walks alongside despair, shame, failure, blame, and fear. Or, if we fight back then our words are retaliation and refuse and resist.

Both towards ourselves and towards others. With strong emotions and attitude.

Boundaries we do not choose we instinctively resist.

These may all be good responses to an immediate danger we can identify and a protection against one we cannot yet see. We pause, evaluate, pray, and seek guidance.

Then sometimes we become stunned to realize that we are to actively relinquish our will and accept the consequences in trust. Possibly with no idea of when or how the situation will end, or if we will ever know the reason.

“And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’” Revelation 21:5 NAS

Lord, give us courage when our wills are curtailed, first to seek Your guidance and then to accept Your strength when we need to obey. Enable us to bear the consequences in faith and trust and hope.

Psalm of Worship: Proverbs 8:19

“My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.”


Friday, January 12, 2018

Hidden: Listen: Prayers and Poetry


                        Hidden in anticipation

                        waiting for the celebration

                        knowing special gifts

                        wrapped in love are

                        ready to be opened

                        hope of new birth

                        entering darkness

                        washing away sin

                        springing forth new light as

                        revelation of grace

                        brings hope—joy—reconciliation

                        all of creation restored.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Reflection: Reveal: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1. How well do we wait in anticipation?

2. In doubt? In surety? In longing? With purpose and expectation as creation   does?

3. What would change in us if every day we opened our hearts to see what the Lord has hidden but will reveal?

4. How can a sense of eager longing carry us through a long season of waiting?

Share: Has the Lord given you a surprise this week? Can you share?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Reveal: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Romans 8: 19

“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God;”

How hard is it for you to wait for something good? Do the minutes feel like hours? Do days begin to feel endless? What about the times we have to wait in uncertainty—not knowing whether the outcome will bring relief or distress.

What words are you waiting for the Lord to say to you? For an answer to a hidden yearning?

Often foreboding and fear can begin to creep into our thoughts and prayers. Even when we look towards something or someone with anticipation and hope, a delay can raise questions and doubts and worries.

But creation waits with purpose and expectation regardless of the time. There is no doubt of God’s fulfillment. The only question is when.

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19

Creation waits in whole trust of a concrete completion. Still in longing but with an attitude of knowing and watching. Eager anticipation that lasts through days and months and years. Trusting in God’s time and in God’s promises.

Lord, please help us to perceive and follow You in complete trust too. With wonder.

Psalm of Worship: Proverbs 8:18

“Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and prosperity.”


Friday, January 5, 2018

Glory: Listen: Prayers and Poetry


                        Glory not our vision

                        in day to day turmoil

                        allowing imitations to

                        color our hearts, our words,

                        deeper despair

                        when strategy strikes.

                        Wonder where God is.

                        Nature gives glimpses

                        if we stop and look at

                        splinter of light breaking

                        through storm clouds

                        tiny green shoots in

                        fire parched landscape

                        touches of glory in a

                        friend’s handclasp.

                        Glory ever present

                        when we look outward.



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Reflection: Glimpses: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1.     How often does day-to-day commonness dull us to see God’s gifts?

2.     Where do you look?

3.     What are you facing this week, this month, this year with worry?

4.     Nature encompasses decay and beauty. How can we adapt our attitudes as well?

Share: What glimpse of glory did you see this week?

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