Meditation: Jesus does not get flustered and frustrated when we come to him for fresh forgiveness, for renewed pardon, with distress and need and emptiness. That’s the whole point. It’s what he came to heal. He went down into the horror of death and plunged out through the other side in order to provide a limitless supply of mercy and grace to his people.
Meditation: Humanity had only God’s goodness to celebrate, nothing more. Work had not even begun. The Sabbath teaches us that we do not work to please God. Rather, we rest because God is already pleased with the work he has accomplished in us. ~ A.J. Swoboda
Preparation in Silence ‘Why is it that some Christians cross land and sea, continents and cultures, as missionaries? What on earth impels them? It is not in order to commend a civilization, an institution or an ideology, but rather a person, Jesus Christ, whom they believe to be unique.’ ~ John Stott
Meditation Effective Christian worship paints a picture of the beauty of the Lord – and a vision of the wholeness he desires for creation – in a way that captures our imagination. We are moved more than we are convinced. Our hearts are like stringed instruments that are plucked by story, poetry, metaphor, and images. Antoine de Saint-Exupery captures this well: ‘If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.’ ~ James K.A. Smith