Readings and practices, Feb 8

Week of February 8, 2021:

This week the readings are from the blog of Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.

We invite you to read under the influence of the Holy Spirit, taking what speaks to you and leaving the rest. We do not expect you will agree with everything you read – nor do we. In the Anglican understanding, we invite you to employ the discernment of scripture, reason, and tradition. 

Read as many as wish. Click on the titles to go to the reading.

Let It Go

The Beauty of Grace Extended

The Power of an Apology

Six Words

Who Needs Forgiveness?

Practices this week:

Reflect on this quote from Adam Hamilton: “Forgiveness is relinquishing the right to get even (retribution, revenge), choosing to pardon and releasing the person from their burden of guilt.  It is choosing to let go of the bag full of resentment that you carry, the right to retaliate, or at least to hold the wrong over the head of the other.”

What bag do you need to set down?

At the end of the day, think about the opportunities you had to forgive someone  for a little offense – the person who cut you off in traffic, the person who held up the long line at the drive-through restaurant, the dirty dishes in the sink.

Do you need to forgive them now?

Reflect on this from Adam Hamilton: “Are there people in your life who still feel the pain of a sleight, a wound, or a wrong you did to them in the past?  You have the power to help them find healing, to tear down the wall between the two of you, and to bring reconciliation.  It is found in the power of an authentic apology.

Can you think of anyone you need to apologize to today?”  

Before our 4 p.m. gathering, spend 15 minutes in quiet and solitude.

Friday: Journal prompt: reflect on the quote below. Write or draw about it. (Found on Ecumenicus on Facebook.)