Friday, March 11, 2011

Devotional Reading 1

Many people read the account of the last week of Jesus' life in each of the Gospels, each week between now and Easter, as a spiritual practice. The events of Jesus' last week began with Jesus' entry into Jersulem and ended with his crucifixion and resurrection. Each week we are sending out the specific reference and are inviting you to read and go deeper in your spiritual life.

This week we are inviting you to read the last week of Jesus' life from Matthew 21-28 (that's a little over 1 chapter each day)... If you are interested in reading this on line, here's a link to Bible Gateway

Here are some suggestions:

  • Set aside a time each day to read a chapter or two - or - one day each week to read the whole section at once.
  • Pray before you read a simple prayer: eg., "Lord I want to go deeper in your Spirit, so that I can go farther in my faith."
  • Create an effective environment - eg., light a candle, turn down the lights, get quiet...
  • Invite your spouse or a good friend or someone you're trying to get to know to join you, and take turns reading
  • Read a chapter a day or the whole section many times this week
  • Reflect on what you are reading and keep a journal (or laptop) handy to write down insights and stirrings - You'll be amazed later when you read them!
  • Share with someone else what insights and stirrings you are having - this keeps the things you see alive and active, and may bless someone.

May the Lord bless your time and open you up to something new!