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This week's theme

Foundations - 2 Building with care

Today's reading

Eph 2:11-22

Today's prayer

Christ our peace, you break down the walls of division. By your grace, create in us a new humanity.

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For further thought

Does your life feel chaotic? Does it need more constancy? Meditate upon the eternity of Gods heavenly Jerusalem.

Take some time to pray through the weeks news. Where does violence reign? Where has division overcome unity?

What might greater spiritual freedom look like in your life? What needs shaking up?

Is there a situation youre aware of where joy and grief sit uncomfortably together? Is there any action you could take to improve it?

Where are signs of Gods presence within your community? Do you have your own thin place locally?

Are there campaigns local to you that seek to remove emblems of oppression? Undertake some research and pray over what your response might be.

If I long for freedom but insist on doing it my way, am I refusing to celebrate my true self and failing to discover the full potential designed for me by God?

Is there a dividing line between my receiving from God and my giving? Or are both really all about God who gives?

What is todays equivalent of bringing second-rate offerings to Gods altar? How might I be watering down or contaminating my worship of him?

Have you experienced Gods anger? Was it against you, as it may have felt or against something in your life that didnt belong there?

My actions and choices reveal what I really prioritise and believe. Do they match my official beliefs or have those become empty theory?

Jesus said, Father, forgive them not, Father, I forgive them. When I cant forgive, I give our Father permission to do it in my name.

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord (Matthew 23:39)

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways, and that we may walk in his paths. (Micah 4:2a)

In the last days, God will also raise two special witnesses (Revelation 11:3-12).

Be silent, all people before the LORD; for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling (verse 13).

Gods ways are higher than our ways; his thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9b).

At crucial junctures, God speaks to the leaders Take courage! Do not fear! (verses 4, 5b)

What would the restoration of fortunes look like in your community?

What societal sins are affecting the health of your community?

Do you have regular prayer times during the day, including the middle of day?

Rewrite the verse quoted above, using examples appropriate from your life and context. Will you still praise God even if electrical power cuts out and your car breaks down?

Where in your life do you sense God might be inviting you to wait and watch?

What is God looking at, with grief, in your community?

Reflect on what God has taught you this week regarding the eagle. Is there anything you can replicate in your daily life?

When was the last time you took time out to really rest and reflect?

Are you going through a process of change? Seek help where necessary but reflect on the process and the renewal it can bring.

What does it mean to have a discerning spirit?

Does life feel unfair at the moment? What do you think God is trying to teach you for this season?

When it feels like you are on the wrong side of Gods wrath, remember he disciplines those he loves not to harm but to give future and hope.

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This week's writer

Catherine is an Anglican priest working for the Archbishops Council in the Church of England. She facilitates the processes by which new clergy are selected to train for ordained ministry. Catherine lives in Tewkesbury and works in London. She is married

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