Week 3: Friday

Read: Luke 12v22– 34

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Meditate: Jesus celebrated the goodness and beauty of the natural world, and so should we. There is beauty all around us - but much of the modern world has trained itself to ignore it most of the time. 

Take some time today to get out and enjoy nature - snow and all! Then think of the way we humans are meant to flourish, with the love of God looking down on us and the fresh wind of the Spirit bringing out the patterns and meanings in our lives. Thank God for the mystery of our life, learn to trust him in hew ways and at new levels. 

Pray: Ask God in prayer to show you the simple beauty of God’s kingdom and how you can be a part of that great purpose of new creation. 

Engage: Try to spend time looking at something around you more slowly and with greater attention than you normally do. Is there something you don’t normally notice that makes you want to give thanks to God?