If there is a perfect season to wait for God in silence, it must be winter. During this time of year all of creation seems to slow down and cozy up.

When I lived in Chicago, winter was a season of paradox. The weather could be extremely brutal and exquisitely...

God of quiet seasons, forgive me for trusting in temporary things for my security. Help me remember that only you can give me true hope and salvation. This winter, help me slow down and allow your love to warm my heart. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
January 15–21, 2024
Scripture Overview

There are two strong themes in the scriptures for this week—God’s call on our lives and the ways in which God’s time is not our time. Jonah attempts to resist God’s call, but finds himself in the belly of a great fish. He gets a second chance to follow the call, and a whole city responds in repentance. The psalmist reminds us that life is but a breath and the things that humanity places value on are not what God values. Paul also reminds us that time on earth is short and we should focus on the things of God. Finally, Mark offers us the call story of the first disciples. Jesus meets them where they are in their lives, and they drop everything to follow in a sense of urgency.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Jonah 3:1-5, 10. Think of a time when you resisted God’s call or have judged other people or groups of people as being beyond help.
Read Psalm 62:5-12. How can you put your trust in the steadfast love of God?
Read 1 Corinthians 7:29-31. Reflect on an experience that changed your perspective on what is important.
Read Mark 1:14-20. How have you responded to God’s call on your life? When have you experienced God’s voice in the ordinary moments of life?

Respond by posting a prayer.