This week we continue in retreat with Jesus and his disciples. We are invited now to go for quiet walk – here in the out-of-doors. Aware of our deeply entrenched anxiety, Jesus brings our fears and worries into the light of day. We worry about a multitude of things, and many of these anxieties connect with the question, “Will I have enough . . . ?”
In our Western world our worries and fears which drive that question, form much of the oil which lubricates the wheels of our economy.
The good news of God’s gracious rule and kingdom is intensely practical: Jesus addresses our need for food, clothes, shelter. He also calls us to remember what world we live in: the anxious, driven world which forgets God is Creator, Provider—our loving Parent who knows we have need of these things. Or in the Greater Reality of God in which we learn to walk in trust, because God is caring our needs. This is not to say that we do not work to earn money to supply our needs, but that we are not driven by anxiety and worry.
The spiritual discipline we are invited to practice this week, is to gaze at the birds, to allow our eyes to rest on plants and trees. Not to label or analyze, but simply to contemplate, to gaze at these God-created winged creatures, and these plants adorned by God’s design and fabric. As we gaze and gaze, allow the loving care and provision of God who created the birds and the plants, to begin to settle into your awareness – and then more deeply into all segments of your life and need.
An in invitation to rest and trust here, as we are continue on retreat with Jesus and his followers.
Prayer before reading:
Lord Jesus Christ,
You come to us.
Help me to see as you see,
To recognize your presence,
And your call
To follow you.
Guides me, us as I learn to walk in your way.
Read slowly. Listen deeply. Indwell the scripture.
Season of Epiphany: Week Eight
- 2/21 Monday: Matthew 6:24-34
- 2/22 Tuesday: Matthew 6:24-34
- 2/23 Wednesday: Psalm 131
- 2/24 Thursday: Isaiah 49:8-16a
- 2/25 Friday: I Corinthians 4:1-5
- 2/26 Saturday: Matthew 6:24-34
- 2/27 Sunday: Matthew 6:24-34