At the heart of Dwelling in the Word is experiencing that hearing takes time and attention. In 2019–20 we are suggesting that this passage from the book of Isaiah is one that we might dwell in together for the year. It’s exciting to imagine how, in God’s grace, this part of the Word might shape us for life and mission.
2019 Dwelling in the Word passage: Isaiah 43:16–21 This is what the Lord says – he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honour me, the jackals and owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland,
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to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.
Steps for Dwelling in the Word 1. Start with the following prayer, inviting the Holy Spirit to guide you in attending to the Word of God. Loving God, Though our destination is not yet clear, may we trust in your graceful promises; Though we may be uncertain of ourselves, may we be rooted in your loving regard; Though our attention is inclined to wander, may we hear the things you are saying; Though we often neglect your influence, may we be convicted of your power to change, In Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen 2. Turn to the passage. If you are in a group, have Bibles or copies of the passage available for everyone. 3. Slowly read the passage. In a group, one person reads the passage out loud, taking their time and then allowing some silence to let the words have their impact. 4. Reflect on what jumps out to you – something you have never heard before, something odd or something comforting.
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