Difficult and Unexpected Encounters: Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b

Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b

1   O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples.
2   Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wonderful works.
3   Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4   Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually.
5   Remember the wonderful works he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered,
6   O offspring of his servant Abraham,
children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

16  When he summoned famine against the land,
and broke every staff of bread,
17  he had sent a man ahead of them,
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18  His feet were hurt with fetters,
his neck was put in a collar of iron;
19  until what he had said came to pass,
the word of the Lord kept testing him.
20  The king sent and released him;
the ruler of the peoples set him free.
21  He made him lord of his house,
and ruler of all his possessions,
22  to instruct his officials at his pleasure,
and to teach his elders wisdom.

45b  Praise the Lord!

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Today, I invite you to wonder how God is at work in a difficult and unexpected encounter.
  • Sit with the encounter and examine all of the details.
  • Notice, name and set aside any judgment that arises.
  • Notice, name and set aside any fear that arises.
  • Describe what you know.
  • Be settled with what you don’t know.
  • Breathe.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Praise the Lord!
  • What else do you know?
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 9, 2020, the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings.  (c) 2020 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

Rev. Dr. Lil Smith is a trained spiritual director, supervisor, and co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center in Richardson, TX.  Upon completion of her spiritual direction training, Lil began Praying the Lectionary in 2011 as a spiritual practice for her morning prayer time.  Instead of reading about someone else’s experience of God, it was important for her to create a prayer practice that would encourage felt sense experience of the Holy emerging from within.  It dawned on her others might enjoy the practice, as well.  So she began to share them on this site.

As you experience the practice of Praying the Lectionary, adopt a loving, caring, and compassionate stance.  If the end of your prayer and meditation time is not pointing to love and hope, there is more work to do.  Keep wrestling.  God is faithful to your journey.  Love and hope will emerge.  Be gentle with yourself and befriend any judgment that arises in you.

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