This week's theme

Famous sayings from the Old Testament

Today's reading

Ecclesiastes 1:911

Today's prayer

Pray for the young people of today, that they do not make the same mistakes as the last generation.

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For further thought

Young people are very technologically savvy. Could you use technology to share the wisdom you have gained to help them navigate life?

Where have you experienced good pride recently? Where have you known bad pride?

When were you last at your wits end? Where did you find the strength to carry on?

Can you call to mind practices in your church/Christian discipline that have become traditional burdens?

What in your life wont get past the narrow door? How about in your churchs life?

What damaged or broken relationships in your life need attention?

Are you ready to receive the Lord with joy? What can you change in your life to be ready?

When have you entertained an angel unawares?

What possessions might you be holding onto for security?

What kind of learning and study takes place in your church community? How can you join in, or what changes can you suggest?

What can you do today to see truly and well, the way God sees the world?

What are the hidden signs of Gods rule around you today?

When and where do you find it easiest to pray? Where could you find five minutes in your day in which to bring your concerns to God?

Your best investment in your day will be doing the needful thing first. Sit at Jesus feet; then every other thing can follow.

Who around you needs unexpected help today?

Look for opportunities where you can offer company to someone who may need a companion on their journey.

Is there anything that keeps you from setting your face towards Gods call on your life?

For the rest of this week, commit to noticing where Gods greatness is quietly at work in your life and delight in it.

It can be hard to identify and name the true needs facing our communities. Find others who share your feelings and support one another.

Discuss with groups you are part of, how you attend to the balance between necessary help and sharing responsibility for change.

Consider ways in which you are able to be present to the needs around you. What will enable you to be responsive to them?

It feels good to be the giver but how good am I at letting others help when Im in need?

How easy is it to get the balance between caring for our own families and caring for Gods family members who need a welcome home?

If we take a step of faith, it may mean that others connected to us move forward too.

Am I ready to learn more of God? Even if it means unlearning some of my certainty?

If God gives a double portion of honour to those who have been shamed, can we do the same?

How do you see Mary? Do you see any resemblance to your own faith?

How is continuity of leadership enabled in your church or community? Are changes needed to the protocols to ensure transparent processes?

When have so-called outsiders been catalysts for social change, justice and peace?

What stereotypes and expectations do you hold of women in leadership or public office?

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Deseta is currently an assistant pastor of a Pentecostal Church. Her main vocation is as a prison chaplain helping to bring hope to those who are incarcerated. Having obtained an MA in theological studies, she previously worked as a tutor in Black Theolog

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