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Lenten Meditation for Saturday April 8, 2017

tealights glowing in a darkened space

John 12:46

“I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in darkness.”

These words of Jesus “grasped” me as I read this passage from the Gospel of John.  In this diocese and in fact all over the country and in other parts of the world, the people of God are increasingly engaged in a spiritual practice called Dwelling in the Word.  It’s entirely possible you have “dwelt” – hopefully more than once!!  Dwelling in the Word is method of shining light into a Bible reading in a group setting – but not in the classic “Bible study” sense.  It’s about listening to what Biblical words or phrases “grasped” your discussion partner and then telling your thoughts and reactions to that person.  The report-out then becomes what you HEARD, not what you said.  It’s all about the listening.  The increasing darkness of isolation in this world can be dissipated if we will ALL listen to and watch for the light of God in our families, friends and neighbors and keep our eyes open for those glimmers of God working in our communities and in our diocese.

The Readings for Saturday, April 8, 2017

Psalm 137:1-6 (7-9) / Psalm 144

Jeremiah 31:27-34

Romans 11:25-36

John 11:28-44 or John 12:37-50

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