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Lent Day 25: The Word

March 25, 2020 John and Sungshim Loppnow Lent

If you missed the previous posts in this Lent series, you might find it helpful to start with Lent Day 4: Getting Started with Practices.

This Week's Breath Prayer*

  • Pause, be present to God in this moment, and notice the effect that this prayer has on you. Pray this prayer twice as follows:
  • Breathe IN: "Peace"
  • Breathe OUT: "Be still" -or- "still"

*For more detail on this breath prayer, see Lent Day 23: Prayer.

Go Deeper with the Word (optional):

  • Set your intention to deeply connect to God’s heart.
  • Option 1: One simple way to deepen today’s practice is to memorize Mark 4:39. While memorizing the verse, put yourself in the scene and see if you can picture Jesus’ non-verbal expressions (eye contact, facial expression, tone of voice, posture, gesture, intensity, timing) and how his presence and action brought changes in the situation.

    “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” - Mark 4:39 (NKJV)
  • Option 2: Read Mark 4:35-41 and make your own table or use the table below, describing what you notice about Jesus and disciples. The column for nature is included to enhance your understanding of the characters’ experience. Review each column, then pause and ask, “What does this character want me to know?” Write down your impression of each character. (See examples provided below the chart.)

    Jesus Disciples Nature
    v35 Said to disciples, “Let us cross over to the other side.”
    v36 Left the multitude behind them

    Took Jesus along in the boat

    Other little boats were with them
    v37 Great storm rose

    Waves beat into the boat

    Water filling the boat
    v38 Sleeping on a pillow Woke Jesus up

    Said to Jesus, “Teacher, do you not care we are perishing?”
    v39 Got up and rebuked the wind

    Said to sea, “Peace, be still”
    v40 Said to disciples, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
    v41 Feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
  • Example of listening to each character:

    Jesus: Sungshim, I want you to know that it is I am the one who initiates and invites you to do things together, just like I asked the disciples to cross over to the other side. I want you to know that I was physically in need of rest and sleep because that was good and necessary for me. When my disciples woke me up for help, I got up and rebuked the wind and told the sea to be still. I want you to know that I am right here with you, always ready to help you with things that seem beyond you. I want you to know that I desire for my children to see that my presence with them is, in fact, power itself. It grieves me that my children do not see my presence with them as power, nor peace itself.

    Disciples: Sungshim, I want you to know that we follow Jesus. wherever He goes. He wanted to cross over to the other side and we willingly followed him. I want you to know that we were scared when the waves beat our boat. To be honest with you Sungshim, the thought crossed our minds that He did not care about us. I want you to know that we felt a huge amount of fear when He talked about our fear and about us not having faith. I want you to know though that the fear was different from the one we had felt earlier; the earlier one was from a sense that something bad or scary was happening to us; however, the latter one was from a sense of great awe and reverence that we felt about our Master. We knew that He was a different rabbi - but not to this extent - the wind and the sea obeyed Him! We did not know the depth of who he was... We want you to experience the depth of who Jesus is too. This was an unforgettable experience for us.

  • Option 3: Another way of deepening today’s practice is to engage in Lectio Divina (divine reading). Read the scripture (Mark 4:35-41) three times with an intention to listen to God speak to you.

    After each reading answer the following:

    1st reading (NIV), notice what word or phrase stands out to you?

    2nd reading (MSG), notice what emotion or longing arises in you?

    3rd reading (NIV), notice what God might invite you to __________.

  • Journal about your Lectio Divina experience. Share what you wrote down after each reading with God in a conversational way.

  • Listen to God’s response back to you.


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