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Did you resonate with Kenton’s post two weeks ago (In Search of Purpose)? Have circumstances in 2020 stolen your purpose? Do you feel lost?
In this lectionary, we invite you to respond to this sense of loss in two ways. First, we consider a different understanding of our purpose. Isn’t it easy to get caught up in doing and forget being? Our exploration of this thought started with a search for what we are “called to be” and landed in 1 Peter, a book written to displaced people. Unless otherwise noted, all references and much of the phraseology in the lectionary come from that book (from the NLT, NIV, or our paraphrases).
We also had Jacob in mind. (See Genesis 28:10-22 & 32:22-32.) No matter what goes on around us—and whether or not we are the source of our troubles, we always have access to the throne room. In fact, climbing the ladder and being in the Presence is our most important doing. There is purpose in “pressing in” with intentional, persistent knocking and a strong expectation of hearing, by watching and waiting actively for an answer. Part of our calling is fulfilled on our knees wrestling with the Master Teacher for our heart’s concerns.
Will you join us in pressing in? This lectionary can be used at any time in a manner that suits you. However, if you’d like to synchronize your lifting with ours, we will be setting aside some time during the week of November 23-28. You could also consider, like some of us, scheduling a silent retreat during this period. (See next week’s post: Self-care with the Master Teacher.)
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To our Living Hope who restores and strengthens, to our Rock be power and glory forever!
From the ends of the earth, Your people cry out to You. We are facing loss. Yet, our hope is in You. By Your great mercy you transform us from death to life and reverse our circumstances. We belong to You. (1:1-12.)
You are the One who sees me!
Will You forgive me for embracing my earthly citizenship rather than my heavenly one? I’m sorry for finding identity in my _____. Instead, I embrace Your call to be _____. (Choose items from the lists below to fill the blanks, or add your own.)
Will you help me to stop chasing my own desires and instead pursue Your will (4:2)?
I feel lost. I want to pursue Your will, but right now I’m unable to fulfill my calling and struggling to find purpose. Yet, You say I am called according to Your purpose (Romans 8:28). What is Your purpose? What are you calling me to in this current season? I’m listening.
(This space indicates a period of stillness.)
I’m watching with You. I’m wrestling together with You over my heart’s concerns.
(Fill in the blanks below with: 1) the names of students, colleagues, neighbors, or friends, or 2) people disproportionately affected directly or indirectly by the pandemic like children, the elderly, girls and women, or those living in particular countries, cities, or refugee camps.)
I’m concerned about my flock, the ones you’ve called me to care for. They are like sheep without a shepherd. Some have wandered away. Others are lost. (Chapter 2 & 5:1-4)
My sisters and brothers around the world are experiencing loss (5:8-10).
We also lift _____ who is experiencing unimaginable loss.
With a better understanding of Your purposes and a renewed sense of my calling, I leave my worries at Your feet and return to the world, but I will be back soon for You are the only One who truly sees me.