April 4: How Much Longer?
1. Have you ever had a loved one depend on you for care? What helped you keep a positive attitude while caring for this person? What advice would you give to someone caring for a loved one today?
2. When has God called you to do something that you did not want to do? What was God calling you to do? Did you do it? Why do you think God sometimes calls us to do things that we don’t want to do?
3. Name some characters from scripture who were called to do things they did not want to do. How did they respond to God’s call? What do their stories teach us?
4. What are some specific things you do to keep your faith alive and your relationship with God strong during hard times?
5. Read Galatians 6:9 — today’s quoted verse — three times aloud. What word or phrase from this verse jumps out at you? Why? What in this verse encourages you?
April 11: Show Me the Way
1. The writer of today’s meditation tells how he came to faith in Christ. Take a few minutes to tell the story of how you came to faith in Christ. How are your story and the writer’s alike? How are they different?
2. Who has been the most influential person to you on your Christian journey? How has this person influenced you, and what do you admire most about him or her?
3. Do you agree that there is a difference between being happy and being joyful? Explain your answer.
4. What does it look like in a person’s life to find “joy in the Lord”? What can someone who is not a Christian and has never been to church before do to find “joy in the Lord”? What words of hope and strength would you offer this person?
5. Can you remember when you were a new Christian? What is most memorable from that time in your life? Whom did you rely on for strength and support? How can you support new Christians in your church community today?
April 18: Called by Name
1. What difference does it make in our Christian walk that God calls us by name? How does it affect the way we treat other people? How does it affect our relationship with God?
2. How personal is your relationship with God? Name some ways in which your relationship with God could be more personal. Can our relationship with God ever be too personal?
3. Name some scripture passages that speak about God’s love for each of us. Which of these do you find most meaningful? Why?
4. Who in your life needs to know that God calls him or her by name? What can you do to fill this need?
5. What group of people in the world do you have a hard time seeing as individuals with their own fears, losses, hopes, and loves? Why is it a challenge to see the people in this group as individuals? What can you do help yourself see every person as someone who is loved by God?
April 25: A Priceless Gift
1. Were you raised in a Christian home? Do you think being raised in a Christian home makes someone a better Christian than those who come to Christ later in life? Why or why not?
2. Have you ever known anyone like Reverend Zuhl or Eileen in today’s meditation? What qualities of this person would you like to emulate in your own life? For whom could you be a Reverend Zuhl or Eileen today?
3. Describe what you think it means for a person’s life to be “grounded in the Lord.” How do we know when our life is “grounded in the Lord”?
4. When has an experience changed the course of your faith journey? How has this experience shaped your walk with Christ?
5. What opportunities for ministry can you participate in today? In what specific ways can you share the gift of God’s love with others? Where and with whom will you share this gift?
While several strategies for reopening the world are being discussed, I encourage you—the people of God everywhere—to allow this season to be a formative one during which you can make new discoveries about God and increase your faith. Use this time to embark on a life of prayer, a life of study, and a life of action—involvement in the community.”