Unhurryup!™ into Easter #27

Lean into God's love, centering your attention and focus toward Him.

Grab a blanket or shawl and wrap it around your shoulders.
Imagine this is God's love, enfolding you.
Sit, or walk, pulling the blanket tighter.
Pay attention to how you feel as you sense His presence around you.
Take a few deep breaths and as you exhale, 
"Lord, your love surrounds me."

Write down one word or short phrase of how you feel as you come to this time.

Evaluate honestly how you are as you come into His presence.

In many of the Psalms, the writer is overcome with praise at God's amazing work. Then, in an instant, he is filled with anger, hatred, loathing, fretfulness, questioning. "How long, O Lord, how Long?" Do you have any seeming contradictory thoughts and feelings today? Frustration and Gratitude? Overwhelmed, yet secure? How do you feel as you honestly open your heart to God today?

Notice what stirs your soul as you interact with the following:
John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He did not wish to go about in Judea because the Jews were looking for an opportunity to kill him. Now the Jewish festival of Booths was near.
But after his brothers had gone to the festival, then he also went, not publicly but as it were in secret.
Is This the Christ? Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, 'Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.' Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, 'You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.' Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come.

One thing is certain about Jesus - people are divided about him - always trying to figure him out. Is he really trustworthy? But he's not behaving how we expected - surely the Messiah wouldn't be from Nazareth! And, when He is audacious with words, words that feel threatening to the established status-quo contemporary theological thinking and way of living - people want to arrest him, plot to kill him, yell out against him.

What are the current controversies about Jesus? What are the controversies in your own heart about him?

Take 3-5 minutes - and listen to the Shepherd say to your heart: "You know me..." In what ways does he attend to you in the midst of your own controversies and questions?
Take 3-5 minutes in silence. What God might want to say to you.

Trust Him to open your heart toward fully receiving and living into His love.

Do you feel differently than how you came into this time? How so? or not?
How do you want to respond?

As you leave this space, ask God to help you be aware of His Presence even in the midst of the questions and controversies you have in your life


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