AT A RECENT RETREAT, Wendy [Miller] invited persons to read the story of Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52.
With a series of thoughtful questions, Wendy invited attendees to enter the story with their current circumstances. She asked them to imagine Jesus and the disciples passing by their home, work, or other situation where they, like Bartimaeus, felt confined or bound by a life circumstance. “Spend time with Jesus in prayer,” she urged the group. Jesus is asking what you want him to do for you. Go ahead and tell him, and then in prayer listen and watch to see what happens next.” After the time of prayer and sharing, group members encouraged one another to take the next steps Jesus had revealed in prayer. Many people found this approach to listening to Jesus transformative. Through it they encountered the Holy Spirit who is within and behind the story of Bartimaeus.
– Elaine A. Heath
From pages 50-51 of God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church by Elaine A. Heath. Copyright © 2016 by Elaine A. Heath. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Try this exercise with a friend. Share your thoughts.
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.
Psalm 24:1-2, NRSV
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This week we remember: Kateri Tekakwitha (July 14).
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