Themes for this week:
Prayer, Prophecy, Provision, and aPocalyspe
- The cycles of our private and public lives seem to move between more settled and unsettled seasons. What do we make of these seasons in the context of apocalyptic language such as we have encountered in today’s readings?
- In the anthem “Thou Shalt Know Him When He Comes” the text speaks to the coming of God, that isn’t by great fanfare or particular clothing, but “…by the holy harmony which his coming makes in Thee.” What do you think this might mean? How might it look? Does it strike you as true?
- Do apocalypse and violence go hand in hand?
"Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused."
Charles H. Spurgeon
"'O God - please give him back! I shall keep asking You.'"
John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany
"Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at [God's] disposition, and listening to [God's] voice in the depth of our hearts."
"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy."
Thérèse de Lisieux
Daniel 12:1-3 | Ps. 16 | Hebrews 10:11-14 | Mark 13:1-8