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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Reflection: Paid: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


1.     What is the most costly gift you have given or been given? Whether financial or not.

2.     Did it come with any implications of payback or bribery? Or did you feel like you were obligated in someway?

3.     Or, if not, how did the surprise and joy affect you as either the recipient or the giver?

4.     How did it change you?

Monday, August 13, 2018

Paid: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry

Jeremiah 31:11, “For the Lord has ransomed Jacob, And redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he.”

Has ransomed. He has paid the ransom for each of us and it cannot be taken back. Even when we falter again and again, we belong to Him and He will find us.

Not as property or prisoners but as beloved family. Tied by mercy and forgiveness. Not obligation except as an offering to choose whether to accept His gift or not.

The new beginnings enable us to see our lives through the eyes of hope and purpose instead of loss and defeat.

He surrounds us with support and gives us the insight to help each other. Often anonymously and we wonder again how the weight we carried has been lifted.

Lord, please show us how to be Your servants in all circumstances and live into the redemption You have rescued for each of us.

Your thoughts,

Friday, August 10, 2018

Windblown: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


Word is to be heard

scattered like seeds


searching out the lost

worn and weary.

Sustained by truth

winnowed from lies

Spirit held

watched over by

Shepherd’s diligent


Romans 8:10, “And if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the Spirit is alive because of righteousness.”

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Reflection: Hear: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


1.     In what ways do we hesitate to believe that God’s promises apply to us?

2.     What kind of barriers do we instinctively, or unknowingly, raise against hearing His words?

3.     What barriers do we raise deliberately? Why?

4.     How far have you ever been scattered from the Lord?

5.     How did He gather you back?

Monday, August 6, 2018

Hear: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry

Jeremiah 31: 10, “Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, And declare in the coastlands afar off, And say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, And keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.’”

Hear the word. Are we listening? Do we recognize when we drift away and have become scattered in our hearts and beliefs?

The word is not silent or hidden but ready and open to all who will hear. And yet barriers can keep us from hearing or accepting when we are struggling in isolation. Or allow a spirit of boredom and complacency to sabotage our relationship instead of entering into a difficult conversation.

He already knows where we are in heart, soul, and thoughts. He waits. He calls. He gathers. He speaks to us voice to voice. He speaks to us through others. He speaks to us through creation, and art, and music, and labor. He will use any form of communication to enable us to hear His words.

The word is spoken everywhere and in every moment. Will we choose to listen?

Lord, please keep us faithful to Your words whether spoken, written, or in silent prayers, that Your Spirit will seed our lives and those who hear them with Your hope.

Your thoughts,

Friday, August 3, 2018

Come: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


                        With weeping

                        they shall come

                        whether in grief or


                        walking by streams

                        threading towards life

                        waters guided by prayers


                        without stumbling

                        towards an inheritance

                        wrapped in wonder.

If accept the gift.

If accept His forgiveness.

If walk in trust.

Romans 8:9, “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Reflection: Weeping: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


1. Do you have a heritage you feel entitled to receive? How has it affected your personal relationships?

2. In what ways have you hesitated to acknowledge or accept the inheritance God offers every person? For yourself or for others?

3. What assurance of grace has the Lord given you?

4. How does that affect your understanding of His entitlement?

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