Easter, Day 28
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Reading: Ezekiel 34
“‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. I will pasture them on the mountains, in the ravines, and in all the land. I will tend them in a good pasture. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will eat. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will heal the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.’”
As you begin your day, spend few moments in silence and stillness. As you do, recall any words or phrases that stood out to you from the passage that you just read. Whisper them aloud if you wish.
• for unity and holiness in the church
• for specific people in your church community
• for those who are struggling in their relationships
“All human evil comes from this: a man's being unable to sit still in a room.”
Unless we train it, the very nature of the mind is to keep on hopping from one thing to another, almost at random. The mind can be very usefully employed, but it has to be trained for its job. Too much of the time the mind is engaged in negative thinking, either about others or about ourselves – a destructive occupation.
Training the mind means establishing and maintaining sound shop standards: good, creative, consistently kind thinking, and no around-the-clock activity, either. When the mind has nothing productive to do, we need to learn how to close up shop and let it rest. (WLB)
As your day draws to a close, spend a few moments in silence and stillness. As you do, pay careful attention to your breath. As it goes in and out, notice how you are able adjust its depth and pace, but that the breathing happens on its own in response to Life itself.
God, I am tired. My mind is busy, my hands are full, and my emotions have been taken hostage by all that I feel is expected of me. Reveal to me the beauty in the work and in the rest. Guide me in your ways and bring me to places of contentment. Help me to find rest in you. Amen. (CIB)
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Beginning on Easter Day and concluding on the Day of Pentecost, this season celebrates the resurrection and ascension of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.