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This week's theme

The Gospel of Matthew - 1 Salt of the earth

Today's reading

Matthew 5:3132

Today's prayer

Faithful God, you have called us into covenant with you, which irrevocably binds us to you in a loving relationship. Enable me to demonstrate your faithfulness in all my relationships, especially with significant others. Amen

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For further thought

In the light of todays divorce laws, how would you justify, or otherwise, the prevalence of a view which says No to divorce?

Spend some time in self-examination. Is your thought-life pure? Are your thoughts able to withstand Gods scrutiny? How do you think God would answer?

If you struggle with a bad temper, why not seek the help of someone who is able to offer you some practical guidance and encouragement?

If you tend to live according to the letter of the law in practising your faith, what can you do to live out Gods greater purpose?

Who are the disadvantaged in your community? What could you do to be salt and light for them?

How do we make the declaration of Paul that there is no distinction in Christ (Galatians 3:28) a norm in our everyday life?

What are the deterrents against Christian mission in your context?

Identify the most important factor that makes large sections of people vulnerable in your context, like the caste system in India. What would you propose to tide over the same?

Think of situations where people are forced to live in shame and humiliation. What is your response?

Jesus being the knowledge of God for us, how do we understand astrology and the use of the lunar calendar?

In certain inter-religious dialogues there is a tendency to suggest that Jesus is one of the ways to God, if not the only way. How would you react to this?

Do I structure my day around prayer or do I simply fit in prayer when I can? Learn The Canticle of Simeon off by heart and use it as your prayer before sleep.

Kindness is a much-overlooked virtue in our world and often it is ourselves we are hardest on. This January, be kind to yourself as well as to others.

Consider offering your services, in some way, to those organisations, local or national, who work with the vulnerable, especially those for whom the night brings little rest or respite.

Who are the unsung heroes and heroines in our community? Encourage those who lead your faith community to celebrate their work and witness in some way.

Spend some time today in silence and pray for those who are unable to speak or communicate with others.

How can I be a wise and obedient steward of creation? Can I make a genuine effort to reuse, repair and recycle and to encourage my parish or church community to greater concern?

What prevents a good return in my spiritual life? What can I learn from the fallow periods or when growth is hard to discern?

Take some time to reflect on the Lords Prayer. Where do I need to offer and receive forgiveness? Can I be the one to take the first step?

Reflect on the many meanings of the word humility. Where do I need to be more grounded and more aware of my dependence on Gods providence? And where do I resist his grace?

Where is God calling you to deepen your walk with him in 2020?

Do we call upon Jesus, or upon his words, in the moments when we face temptation? Perhaps we need to do so more often.

How do we show obedience in our daily lives? Are there more areas in which we can be obedient to Gods word?

What in your life needs changing (repenting for and seeking to amend) in 2020?

Which voices do you think might be speaking words you need to hear?

What is God waiting for in your life?

What in your community can the light of God illuminate this Christmas?

The wise men were truly wise wisdom saves us. Maybe we need to ask for that gift to help us throughout the coming week, and year.

What gift will we bring to the Saviour, and what love will come with it?

What does Jesus tell you about God?

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Norman pastors Meadowbrook United and St Pauls (Maverly) United Churches, congregations of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in Kingston. He has also pastored congregations in Zambia, England and Scotland. On the rare occasion when hes

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