Use this as a guide to help you grow closer to God. Take some time in your day to Read the daily reading slowly and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read. Reflect on what you heard, read or experienced when reading the word of God in with a journal or some other ways that you can express what you experienced as you read the scriptures. Respond in prayer, going to God with everything that is on your heart and just pray.
- Monday: Exodus 1:8-2:10
- Tuesday: Psalm 124 (UMH 846)
- Wednesday: Romans 12:1-8
- Thursday: Matthew 16:13-20
- Friday: James 1
I read a lot, and one of the things I read every day is a daily devotional book. I buy one every year at Annual Conference and last year I picked up this gem from Henri Nouwen’s
Contradictions, thus understood, create the friction that can help us move toward God. ~April 20th Henri Nouwen Bread For The Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith
How are you moving towards God? What are you doing that stretches you?
For Holy Week I want to walk through Holy Week in a reflective way. Join me in reading, reflecting and responding.
First Read: Matthew 27:57-66Common English Bible
57 That evening a man named Joseph came. He was a rich man from Arimathea who had become a disciple of Jesus. 58 He came to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate gave him permission to take it. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had carved out of the rock. After he rolled a large stone at the door of the tomb, he went away.61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting in front of the tomb.
62 The next day, which was the day after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate. 63 They said, “Sir, we remember that while that deceiver was still alive he said, ‘After three days I will arise.’ 64 Therefore, order the grave to be sealed until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people, ‘He’s been raised from the dead.’ This last deception will be worse than the first.”
65 Pilate replied, “You have soldiers for guard duty. Go and make it as secure as you know how.” 66 Then they went and secured the tomb by sealing the stone and posting the guard.
Then Reflect and Respond
What from the scripture reading spoke to you?
Go back and read it again write down what words spoke to you.
In prayer: ask God for peace and grace in the places of your life that you need it.