In some parts of Eastern DRC, traveling by road, air, or river can be challenging, as some areas still have pockets of active violent conflicts, remnants of these long years of civil wars. More than eighty percent of the road infrastructure was destroyed during the two Congo civil wars, and...

Merciful Lord, grant me the strength to stay faithful in your mission. Help me feel your presence even in challenging times. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
January 29–February 4, 2024
Scripture Overview

The passages for this week emphasize the rewards that come with discovering God’s good purpose for us. We read about how God gives power to the faint and increases the strength of those who wait on him. Psalm 147 presents God as the author of creation and as a very active agent in the restoration of the world. The passages in First Corinthians and Mark warn against distraction from God’s good purpose for all of creation once we come to engage in the missio dei. Mark also invites believers to constantly spend time in the presence of God as they engage in God’s mission.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Isaiah 40:21-31. How have you felt God renewing your strength when you have felt weak?
Read Psalm 147:1-11, 20c. With reference to any personal challenges that you might be encountering at this point, what would the hallelujah look like for you?
Read 1 Corinthians 9:16-23. What are some of your personal privileges and how do you use them to serve others and the gospel?
Read Mark 1:29-39. Where and how have you seen God at work during your wilderness moments?

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