Daily Encounter – Feb. 20, 2020

Silence and Centering

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional: Hebrews 8:1-7

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+8%3A1-7&version=NIV

Reflection: On Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ transfiguration, that
moment when he went up the mountain with his three closest
disciples and was transformed before them into glorious radiance.
This experience made it clear to them that, in Jesus, God was
revealed in human flesh. The amazing truth of the incarnation
reassures us that Jesus really is the ultimate high priest. No other
sacrifice is necessary, and no other intermediary could possibly
connect us with God more deeply. This is why the writer to the
Hebrews speaks of the Temple and the sacrificial worship of the Old
Covenant as temporary and passing – a shadow of the real
covenant in Jesus. No building we could make, and no religion that
we could devise, could ever adequately explain or reveal what God
has shown us in Jesus.

This is true of every religion, every expression of worship, and every
church. All our buildings, hymns, liturgies, and doctrines are just our
attempt to understand and open ourselves to God’s presence and
grace. But they are not the point. They are just the “shadow”, or the
reflection through which we can catch a glimpse of God’s glory.
These things all point us to Jesus, and it is only when we allow the
Incarnate One to connect us with God that we discover true intimacy
with our Creator. The moment we try to trap God in our religious
practices, we fall into idolatry – worshipping the signs instead of the
one to whom the signs point.

How can you allow your religious practices to be signs that lead you
to deeper connection with Jesus today?

Practice for Today: Unless we are constantly expanding our
understanding and experience of God, we risk stagnating and
turning our ideas about God into idols. The practice of praise, when
we allow it to touch us and change us, always leads us to new,
larger visions of God, and into deeper, more authentic connection
with God. Today allow God to reveal God’s Self to you in new ways
through your praises.

Breath-Prayer for Today: As I praise you, O God, so you lead me
into ever expanding visions of you.

2 MINUTES OF SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION. 

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

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