This Week's Reflection
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
from Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude
Psalm 62: 5-9
In God alone is my soul at rest.
God is the source of my hope.
In God I find shelter, my rock, and my safety.
Men are but a puff of wind,
Men who think themselves important are a delusion.
Put them on a scale,
They are gone in a puff of wind.
Questions from last week's sermon for reflection:
A Way Out of No Way:
1. Joseph experiences extremes of struggle and success. How does that compare to your experiences and to the lives of people you know?
2. What is the real prosperity gospel if it is not about wealth and success?
3. In what ways have you prospered in recent days?
4. Do you feel protected by God?