Pause

“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans...”

from "Life Together" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1939)

Today we pause to discern how God might be interrupting our lives to break us out of our comfort zone, inviting us into a deeper walk of faith.

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Listen

What of the wisdom from above? First, it is pure, and then peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good actions, fair, and genuine. Those who make peace sow the seeds of justice by their peaceful acts.

James 3:17-18

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Think

Life can feel overwhelming at times because we are surrounded by a world that is filled with violence and oppression, suffering and death. It is hard to feel a sense of safety when wildfires ravage dry forests or when hurricanes wipe out all access to basic necessities like clean water and food. The sense of hopelessness in our broken world can feel suffocating. What can I do to help ease the suffering? Does the action of one person even matter?

The apostle James tells us that the light of God that casts away the darkness of hopelessness flows through each of us. We have been given the power to transform our world through sowing the seeds of justice through our individual actions. We have been given the Spirit through Jesus Christ to let our actions in the world around us reveal God’s love for the world. You can make a difference through your daily actions, and thereby grow in faith and wisdom. It begins with God but flows through you.

Rob Schoeck

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Pray

God of love and mercy, who liberates us from the suffering of this world through the promise of new life in Christ, interrupt my life so that I might be an agent of your transforming love. Help me to live this out every day so that as part of the Body of Christ, I might transform my community and the world. Amen.

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Go

Be prepared. Whatever your plans are for today, or however you imagined your day going, be prepared.

God may be reaching out to you in the most surprising and unexpected way. God wants to be in relationship with you and is trying to break into your life. It is up to you to be open to that invitation, no matter what guise it might take.

Be prepared, because God loves you and will show you this through the people and the world around you.

Rob Schoeck

Rob Schoeck is an Episcopal priest and serves with his wife, Rev. Lauren, as the Co-Rectors of the Church of the Ascension in Twin Falls, Idaho. As newcomers to Idaho they have been exploring their new state with their son and bulldogs. One of Rob’s passions in ministry is pilgrimages and how people connect their faith with the landscapes and narratives from scripture and tradition.

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