Monday, August 11th, 2014
for Sunday, August 17th, 10th Sunday after Pentecost
READ: Genesis 45.1-15 “preserve life”
REFLECT: When I first read this passage, an image of a jar of fruit preserves came to mind – it was blueberry-lime jam, made by a friend, if you must know. As I continued to read a second time, I imagined a whole pantry of preserved produce – other jams, tomatoes, green beans, pickles – all glittering on the shelves like life-giving gems. I imagined that it was the dead of winter, on the coldest, darkest night of the year. No fresh produce to be had from the garden.
But when I go into the pantry and look around, I see not just the jars of food, but also the memories they contain – memories of harvesting in the garden with family, of times spent canning in the kitchen with friends, or giving baskets of homemade gifts to neighbors. And the despair lifts as I select a few items that will nourish and sustain us on this dark night.
RESPOND: God, thank you for providing in ways seen and unseen. Help me to remember not only to check the pantry during dark times, but to regularly stock the pantry with the gifts and graces that you provide every day. Help me to trust that your provision will never run out.
Do you stock your pantry regularly? Do you savor the small gifts from God in your everyday life? Can you recognize them for what they are? Try noticing those moments today that fill you with faith, hope and love. Steep yourself in them and allow them to fill you up. Tuck them away in your heart so that when you need them, you can come back to them. What jar have you tucked away that you need to open to get you through this day? Feel free to respond or ask questions in the comments below.
LECTIONARY TEXTS FOR THE UPCOMING SUNDAY (and for you to try on your own):
|Isaiah 56:1, 6-8||Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32||Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28|
Lectio Divina Paci is a weekly devotional guide for peacemakers in the lectio divina form. Lectio Divina (Latin for divine reading) is a traditional Benedictine practice of scripture reading, prayer, meditation, and reflection that treats scripture as the Living Word. Lectio Divina Paci is an opportunity for peacemakers to become more in tune with the voice of the Prince of Peace.