Matthew 15: 10-20 It is what comes out of the mouth that defiles…

Matthew 15:10-20

10 Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: 11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” 12 Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” 13 He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” 15 But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” 16 Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? 18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. 19 For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”

  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation, allowing your deep breathing to guide you.
  • Remember a time you wish you could take the words back.
  • Notice what is unrooted in you when you remember this time.
  • Was there a chance for reconciliation?
  • If yes, how was God at work in this reconciliation?
  • If no, invite God into this remembrance offering yourself forgiveness and an opportunity for reconciliation.  Let go of any judgment.  Listen for a message from God or a call to action.
  • Give thanks to God for the unrooting and the time for healing.
  • Remember a time when another’s words stung you.
  • Notice what is unrooted in you when you remember this time.
  • Was there a chance for reconciliation?
  • If yes, how was God at work in this reconciliation?
  • If no, invite God into this remembrance offering forgiveness to your neighbor and an opportunity for reconciliation.  Let go of any judgment.  Listen for a message from God or a call to action.
  • Give thanks to God for the unrooting and the time for healing.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 14, 2011,  the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Genesis 45: 1-15
Psalm 133: 1-3
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15: (10-20) 21-28
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Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

Jesus Took Peter by the Hand…praying with the art of Robin Jensen


Robin Jensen

Jesus Took Peter by the Hand…

I sink deeper…

I flail my arms, Grasping for salvation… 
Hope… 
The taste of bitter sea water…
fish… 
A fisherman who can't swim.

Something takes hold of my hand… 
The hand of Jesus! 
He pulls me back into the bouncing boat, 
Back with the Shining Light.

The wind dies down… 
My heart calms down… 
Why did I doubt? 
Why didn't I trust the love of God?

I'm still that simple fisherman… 
A sinner. 

Matthew 14:31
  • Light a candle to recognize Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit in a comfortable place where you can see the art.  Place your hands palms up in front of you in a position to receive.
  • Spend five minutes in prayer engaging with the art.
  • What word, phrase, or feeling captures your attention?  
  • Spend another five minutes in prayer engaging with the art.
  • What message does God have for you?
  • Spend another five minutes in prayer engaging with the art.
  • What call to action do you hear?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer through imagination and for any new messages you receive.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 7 2011,  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 Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

That Sinking Feeling…praying with the art of Robin Jensen


Robin Jensen

That Sinking Feeling…

What the…?

Waves suddenly splash over my feet… 
Where did that wind come from? 
I'm terrified… 
The waves are splashing higher and higher!

My feet sink into the sea, 
Has He deserted me? 
Save me! 
I sink like a rock…

Where is the Shining Light? 
The waves dash over my head. 
Surprised fish swim around me. 
Deeper…Deeper…

And that rooster is still with me! 

Matthew 14:30
  • Light a candle to recognize Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit in a comfortable place where you can see the art.  Place your hands palms up in front of you in a position to receive.
  • Spend five minutes in prayer engaging with the art.
  • What word, phrase, or feeling captures your attention?  
  • Spend another five minutes in prayer engaging with the art.
  • What message does God have for you?
  • Spend another five minutes in prayer engaging with the art.
  • What call to action do you hear?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer through imagination and for any new messages you receive.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 7 2011,  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 Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

First Steps in Faith…praying with the art of Robin Jensen



First Steps in Faith…
"Come…"
Boldly I step out of the boat toward the Shining Light, 
Ripples radiating behind me with each step. Fish watch in amazement… I'm walking to Jesus on the water!
This is so cool… 
The Shining light beckons me. 
I'm wrapped in His Light Floating on and on… 
Lighter than sea foam in the wind, Dancing from wave to wave… 
My eyes wide open… I'm bold… 
Why is that rooster walking behind me?
Are my feet getting heavy? 
Matthew 14:29
  • Light a candle to recognize Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit in a comfortable place where you can see the art.  Place your hands palms up in front of you in a position to receive.
  • Spend five minutes in prayer engaging with the art.
  • What word, phrase, or feeling captures your attention?  
  • Spend another five minutes in prayer engaging with the art.
  • What message does God have for you?
  • Spend another five minutes in prayer engaging with the art.
  • What call to action do you hear?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer through imagination and for any new messages you receive.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 7 2011,  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 Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.