Here are a couple quotes from the Brother Lawerance book Practice of the Presence of God.
“If you are young, my brother or sister, learn - I beg you - from my confession, that I cared too little to employ my early years for God.
Consecrate all yours to His Love.
If I had only known Him sooner, if I had only had some one to tell me then what I am telling you, I would not have delayed so long in loving him. Believe me, count as lost each day you have not used in loving God.”
"The presence of God is thus the life and nourishment of the soul.”
—From Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
Here are a couple links to this book;
Today's meditation comes from A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants. It's a great devotional resource that I was turned onto in college and still use to this day. Click on the title above to check it out on Amazon.
And our scripture today was 1 Kings 19:9-13, read and reflect!
Today i’m encouraging you to go on a prayer walk. As you read in your devotion guide, center yourself in the love of God and as you walk photograph evidence of God’s presence at work in the world with your phone or camera.
—Write a Psalm down on a note card and as you want pray that Psalm.
—Play a version of the Bible on your iPod as you walk. I would recommend the Psalm or maybe Genesis 1
—Write down a list of people, things and situations that need prayer. Go down the list as you walk.
—At some point stop under a tree, talk a picture, open your eyes and heart to God’s presence.
Here is a picture that I took with my phone that made me aware of God’s grace and beauty. The beauty of this landscape makes is nearly impossible for me to miss God’s creative presence. You might not find a photo quite this brilliant ;-) but my guess is you can find a shot of God’s creative presence somewhere close.
Today we are being AWARE of God’s creative presence, even in the midst of our desert, our Lenten journey. The video below is by Louie Giglio, it's pretty awesome and goes along with his book Indescribable. If you can get ahold of the hard cover coffee table edition of this book it has some amazing pictures of God's creation. But check this video out, hopefully in inspires you and reminds you that God is everywhere, we just have to open our eyes and be AWARE!
(the first video is a short clip, the second video on the right is a full length message by Louie. Enjoy! )
Here are our primary verses for today…
Nehemiah 9:1-3 & 16-23
1-3 Then on the twenty-fourth day of this month, the People of Israel gathered for a fast, wearing burlap and faces smudged with dirt as signs of repentance. The Israelites broke off all relations with foreigners, stood up, and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their parents. While they stood there in their places, they read from the Book of The Revelation of God, their God, for a quarter of the day. For another quarter of the day they confessed and worshiped their God.
16-19 But they, our ancestors, were arrogant; bullheaded, they wouldn’t obey your commands. They turned a deaf ear, they refused to remember the miracles you had done for them; They turned stubborn, got it into their heads to return to their Egyptian slavery. And you, a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, Incredibly patient, with tons of love—you didn’t dump them. Yes, even when they cast a sculpted calf and said, “This is your god Who brought you out of Egypt,” and continued from bad to worse, You in your amazing compassion didn’t walk off and leave them in the desert. The Pillar of Cloud didn’t leave them; daily it continued to show them their route; The Pillar of Fire did the same by night, showed them the right way to go.
20-23 You gave them your good Spirit to teach them to live wisely. You never stinted with your manna, gave them plenty of water to drink. You supported them forty years in that desert; they had everything they needed; Their clothes didn’t wear out and their feet never blistered. You gave them kingdoms and peoples, establishing generous boundaries. They took over the country of Sihon king of Heshbon and the country of Og king of Bashan. You multiplied children for them, rivaling the stars in the night skies, And you brought them into the land that you promised their ancestors they would get and own.
Nehemiah 9:1-3 & 19-21
Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on their heads. 2 And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. 3 And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day; for another quarter of it they made confession and worshiped the Lord their God.
19 you in your great mercies did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud to lead them in the way did not depart from them by day, nor the pillar of fire by night to light for them the way by which they should go. 20 You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst. 21 Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.
I found this icon compelling and this Eastern Orthodox blog gives a little description and a blank for kids to color it in.
My hope is that you are apart of a Church or community that is taking this lenten journey together, Sunday have that in mind and I will simply point you back to week ones Sunday post, linking you to reading and resources for your journey.
As mentioned, the Sunday readings in your book are for year B of the Revised Common Lectionary.
The best place to find all of these years & readings listed are CRI / The Voice website
The Church Year begins with Advent in November/December.
Take a quick look at the breakdown of years from the Revised Common Lectionary.
Click on the years below to take you to the Sunday readings you are looking for.
Year A: 2016-2017, 2019-2020
Year B: 2017-2018; 2020-2021
Year C: 2015-2016; 2018-2019
For more Sunday resources refer to the post for the 1st Sunday in Lent.