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This week's theme

The Bible at the beach - Resting

Today's reading

Mark 6:3032

Today's prayer

Lord, may I be open this week to hear and respond to your call to rest a while.

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For further thought

Read or watch todays news and look for a situation in which nations need prayers for healing.

What is at risk of becoming an idol in your life? Take some time to think and pray, before working out a plan to put God first instead.

Where or what is distracting you from Gods gaze? Before spending some time in silent meditation, write down your distractions to free yourself from them.

Do you think that sport can help overcome the effects of war?

Investigate what provision there is locally for you to support refugees, whether its hands-on help or initiatives to raise funding.

Are you competitive? Make some space to consider where competition may be unhelpful in your life and relationships with others.

Sometimes, running the race merely means putting one foot in front of the other.

What race lies before you today, this year or in the years ahead?

Where has racism been manifest at the Olympics over the years? Where have the games risen above racism?

What can you learn from the discipline of the athletes you see on the news today?

How might the Olympics exemplify a spirit that inspires others?

What different life lessons do you see in the summer games? How might these carry over into ordinary life?

What do you think about this prophecy? What other passages in scripture would you want to bring into dialogue with it?

When was the last time that you felt changed by prayer, either alone or with others?

In the ancient world, the changing of the seasons was seen as a way God kept his promises and sustained the cosmos.

What words, promises or agreements do you rely on in your daily living? Give thanks for the words that sustain you as you follow Jesus.

If we try to win Gods favour by our actions, we throw back in Gods face the gift of salvation by grace.

What might your life look like if you held less tightly to your own plans and sought Gods way instead?

Every one of us carries some brokenness. Where is yours? Mercy invites you to welcome and work with it.

Right self-esteem is to recognise both ones gifts and ones limitations, and to know oneself beloved of God. Do you have the balance right?

Rage, like fire, can burn for good or ill. How do you harness your rage in order to choose a constructive response to unjust situations?

Courage is being afraid of something and doing it anyway. What helps you to manage your fear and do what you need or want to do?

We do not give something up until we want something else more deeply. What freedom do you desire? What slavery stands in the way?

Grandiosity may stem from insecurity. When you are tempted to undermine or disparage another, what fear is at work in you?

How might you include or inspire others to share in the ministry that God has placed on your heart?

Think of a way that you might offer the bread of life to others today. It could be feeding someone, comforting someone or sharing the gospel with them.

Look out for opportunities today to remind others of Gods presence with us in Christ.

Today we might pray that we experience afresh the Holy Spirit in our lives.

How might we become Gods agents of freedom and liberation? How might we help others experience that freedom?

Write down a verse from scripture and keep it with you so that you might be reminded of Gods blessing and pass it on to others.

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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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