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I can lose myself easily in Richard Wagamese’s descriptions of Ontario lake country—the pines, the cliffs, the water. I imagine paddling the lakes or driving through the forest to White Dog reserve.
His town, Kenora, Ontario, lies across the border and northwest of Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park, where my family...

Blessed are those who know the miracle of the tree, its strength and its grandeur.


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Lectionary Week
February 11–17, 2019
Scripture Overview

God wants us to be rooted firmly in our faith. Jeremiah contrasts those who put their trust in themselves with those who trust in God. The latter are like healthy trees with deep roots and a constant water supply, never in danger of drying up or dying. The psalmist uses the same image to describe those who meditate on God’s teachings. Thus, as you do these daily readings and reflect on them, you are sinking deep roots into fertile soil. Agricultural imagery is continued in Paul’s letter. Paul describes Jesus Christ risen in the flesh as the first fruit, meaning that he is the first of many who will be resurrected. In Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, worldly success is not necessarily an indication of God’s blessing.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Jeremiah 17:5-10. Examine your heart. Do you place your trust in “mere mortals” or in the Lord?
Read Psalm 1. How do you seek to meditate on God’s word day and night?
Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-20. How has your understanding of the resurrection of the dead changed your living?
Read Luke 6:17-26. How do you hold together the paradoxes of Jesus’ blessings and woes?

Respond by posting a prayer.

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You are invited . . .

Join us on March 1 in observing the World Day of Prayer. Wherever your desire for prayer begins, we invite you to join with persons around the world for an intentional Day of Prayer on Friday, March 1, 2019.