June 3: Words and Actions
1. Describe a time when you learned more from someone’s actions than you did from their words. How can you apply what you learned in that situation to other relationships?
2. The writer of today’s meditation appears to have accepted her husband’s musical preference willingly. What if you try to reach out to someone and they reject your efforts? How could you remain encouraged in such a situation?
3. Do you think it is more important to minister to others through words or through actions? Why?
4. Which biblical characters demonstrated their faith through their words and actions? How does their example encourage you? In what ways can you follow their example?
5. What does it mean to you to live your faith? Who serves as an example of faith to you? How can you show them how much their example means to you?
June 10: See the Face of God
1. Have you ever reconciled with someone with whom you had a difficult relationship? If so, describe how that reconciliation affected you and changed the relationship.
2. The writer’s brother reached out to the writer multiple times trying to make amends. What do you do when you apologize to someone, but they don’t respond in the way you had hoped? What do you do when someone apologizes to you, but you don’t want to forgive them?
3. Have you ever thought about forgiveness as a chance to see the face of God? If so, what does that mean to you? If not, does that idea change the way you think about forgiveness?
4. What spiritual practices and prayers help you to let go of bitterness? What biblical passages remind you of the importance of forgiveness? In what ways do these help you?
5. How does your church help members who have disagreements? In what ways could your church better help its members to reconcile after a conflict? How can you encourage those changes in your church?
June 17: Guide My Prayers
1. Have you ever prayed that someone would change their personality traits? Do you think this is a good thing to pray for? Discuss why or why not.
2. Describe a time when you realized that you had been praying for the wrong thing. How did you realize it? In what ways did you change your prayers? What was the outcome?
3. The writer’s friends helped her decide to change her prayers. How have your friends helped you grow in your faith? What biblical friends serve as models for you in your own friendships? Why?
4. How do you remind yourself to be accepting and understanding of your differences with others? What encouragement can you offer to those who are challenged in accepting someone’s differences?
5. When have you experienced the Holy Spirit guiding your prayers? How did that change your perspective? How do you know when your prayers are getting off track? What do you do to refocus your prayers?
June 24: God’s Call
1. Describe a time when you felt unsure of your ability to fulfill a need. How did you respond, and what was the outcome of the situation? What did this experience teach you about yourself and your abilities?
2. Before volunteering at her church, today’s writer identified with Moses. What biblical character do you most identify with right now? Why? What can you learn from that character?
3. When you see a need, are you eager to step up and fulfill it? Or, like today’s writer, do you stay quiet and hope that others will volunteer? Would you like to change the way you respond? If so, what practical steps can you take to do so?
4. When you feel God nudging you out of your comfort zone, how do you react? What prayers bring you peace when you are apprehensive about taking a new path? How do those around you encourage you to do things that intimidate you?
5. What needs do you currently see in your church? In your community? In the world? What can you do to help meet those needs? What can you encourage those around you to do?
The role of the prophet is twofold; one, to speak with power and secondly to speak to power. This work on anti-racism does both of those things. The videos, writings and resources are powerful representations of what grace and justice sound like and the orators and writers who approach this work do so with a conviction deeply rooted in gospel. These women and men help us reimagine a prophetic voice in a time such as this. This work is needed.”
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