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Week of: February 5, 2017
Scripture: Mark 1:35 *
“Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer.”
(Mark 1:35, CEB*)
In the hustle and bustle of life and the demands of our various ministries in worship arts, there are many tasks, deadlines, and individuals perceived to be our number one priority.
In the midst of full and exhausting days of healing, teaching, exorcism – competing for Jesus’ full attention – Jesus revealed to us that despite the importance of each area of ministry, his grounding priority was to spend time alone with God.
In our own full days of relationships with family, parishioners, neighbors, co-workers, it becomes difficult to discern and focus on the priorities. Which worship order deadline, or phone call to an artist/musician/bell ringer/dancer is the most urgent, needing our focused attention?
Just as Jesus realized his time with God was a priority and was his sole source of strength, guidance, and success in ministry; we are called to do the same. We need to learn when and how to enter into periods of centering and discernment so that we are refreshed for living into the call of ministry with the people of God.
God, thank you for reminding us of our need to spend time with you. Help us to see this time each day as the means to recharge our spirits. For apart from you, God, we can do nothing. Amen.
* Please note: Our devotions for the month of February do not correlate with the Revised Common Lectionary Year A scriptures.