This week's theme

Sacred space

Today's reading

Psalm 79

Today's prayer

Father, may I be a beacon of light and life, to guide those who seek you in ways that will find you.

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For further thought

Consider whether you could keep your church open during the week so that a sacred space is available for people to pop in. How welcoming is your space?

Think about those who have supported you in your faith. Who in your family has supported your faith the most?

How does homelessness affect your local community? Consider how you can help, as an individual or a parish community.

Are our churches and meeting places real centres of welcome? Is maintenance more important than mission?

Jesus words and actions often brought him into conflict with the authorities. Who do you stand with in life? What do you stand up for?

God chooses us and gives us gifts, what is preventing your gifts from growing? How might your image of God be stunting your spiritual growth?

What ways are you hiding your true self? What would home look like for you? Are you willing to let Jesus into your life?

The beggars persistence was driven by his faith that Jesus had the power to help him. What do you have faith in Jesus for today?

Where in your life have you been told it is impossible? What hopes and dreams might God want to reignite in you today?

Ask God to show you the areas of your life where pride may have grown. How will you break it and turn away from it?

Think of success stories in your personal life, family life or in your community. Did you acknowledge the Holy Spirits guidance and support and thank God? Light a candle in remembrance and thanksgiving.

Create a collage with your church group to show the many ways solidarity is present in our society and our world today.

What would it mean for your church to live like a lily in the field? What would it mean for you?

Think of different ways in which you could see Gods grace in action in your personal life, in your church, in your community. Share the experiences with others and pray.

Are you ready to listen to people whose experiences are different from ours? Where can you have lively conversations, in trust and freedom?

Where can you add a pinch of salt to your words and actions today?

If we are to truly live a full life, how and in what ways do you think our bodies can reflect this even in their brokenness and frailty?

Read Ezekiels prophetic vision (Ezekiel 47:112). What is your vision for how this living water might flow out into your community? Spend time in prayer, articulating and envisioning where and how you want to see transformation.

Did you know that all the water in existence today is the same water that existed on the Earth millions of years ago? Same water, same God, same Jesus, same Spirit!

Shedding your skin might be interpreted in many ways. Is this a prophetic word for you today? Are you being called to shed your skin, letting new life come and the old be cast away?

Be still. Be still. Be still. Be still. Be still. Be still. Be still. Be still. Be still. Be still. Be still. Be still. Be.

How will you be a Miriam today, through quick-thinking acts of kindness and courage, bringing comfort out of confusion?

Make a list of delightful moments you remember. In what ways could you be a delight to someone today?

Consider supporting or starting a river- or stream-cleaning community, and become an advocate for clean waterways with local government and organisations.

How is God leading you to new insights of Gods gracious, generous hospitality?

How does knowledge that water resources carry the potential for conflict affect your prayers and your choices today?

What pain does someone near you carry today? What pain do you carry?

Where could you plant a tree as a sign of hope? Or what plant can you tend as a sign of Gods faithfulness?

Take a walk along a river this weekend, and observe all that is growing and living along its banks.

What threatens to swamp you at this stage in your life?

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This week's writer

Jane is a Roman Catholic laywoman and just completed the fourth year of a Professional Doctorate in Pastoral Theology. She has a keen interest in studying scripture, is a visiting preacher at a local Anglican church and occasionally pops up on local radio

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