A Meditation with a Friend

WELCOME
It is not a coincidence you are reading this today. This is a spiritual intervention where God intends to touch the depths of your soul. You are here for a single thought, a single touch, a meeting with you where you are. May God give you the quiet grace of His presence and the simplicity of a child to understand.

CALL TO WORSHIP
Thank you Father for allowing us to be in your presence. Thank you for the spiritual encounter that acknowledges your presence. Lead us in worship, lead us in praise, lead us in thanksgiving, lead us in bringing us to yourself, and thank you for your Holy Spirit who has freedom to teach us that we may know you and the fullness of your love.

A CONCERT OF REVELATION

How Great is Our God
https://www.google.com/search?q=how+great+is+our+god&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

Hillsong How Great is our God
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvlhNk4ZPeQ

Michael W. Smith Mighty to Save
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYZQ6KN13jU

Steven Curtis Chapman Be Still and Know that He Is God
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgaHaioAjyg

SCRIPTURE
• Jeremiah 31:27-34 and Psalm 119:97-104  •
• Genesis 32:22-31 and Psalm 121  •
• 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5  •
• Luke 18:1-8

MEDITATION

Today’s meditation is the result of brainstorming on the above Scriptures with a friend.

We sat together, read the scripture, listened to music that would potentially arise out of the Scripture readings and then talked together. Just what is the central thought?

One initial thought arose from the image of God sowing. If people, the people of God are sowed what will be the crop? The image of a person being planted then suggests that person will reflect something special. Israel as a nation had been planted on foreign soil. They were prisoners much like many of us are in our daily lives. We find outside expectations controlling our lives. The things we would want to do we cannot. Yet Israel was told to seek the good of all people even their oppressors. The Jeremiah text now compares Israel to the influence of the plant that is growing. The flower just by existing causes people to know God’s presence in a special way.

As the flower breaks through the soil there is an expectation a new life arises. This is a flower that glows with the light of God’s presence. The people of Israel had a purpose in the midst of captivity. In the midst of fear and wondering why life had brought them to where they were or where they are.

Each of the Biblical texts reflect what it is to be the light of God.

Jeremiah talks about a new Covenant, unlike the one Israel broke with God this covenant is about being very natural, having a specific set of values and living out of that set of values.

The Psalmist talks about a way of thinking, a way of meditating. The way of God is flowing through the person planted by God.

Genesis tells us Jacob wrestled with God, to prevail Jacob had to be changed and he was changed. He got a new name he now represented God despite the fact that he limped, he was a broken person. Like so many of us who are called to serve God it is through this brokenness that God is revealed.

The Apostle Paul reminds us we have a visible reflection of God’s light in Jesus. As Jesus walked and suffered the desires and will of God was illustrated to us. We recognize the will of God by walking in Jesus.

The conclusion then asks us to understand how we reflect the light of God in whatever circumstance we find ourselves.

Closing Song
Matthew West https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuJWQzjfU3o

Thank you Lord that we are your children. Thank you we can recognize your calling, our brokenness and your success to recreate us as your children servants to a broken world.

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