ABIDE resources for 14-15 November

Allow yourself time for this moment with God

Make it special. Will you make a cup of tea? Do you want to sit in a special place? Will you light a candle? Take five deep breaths. Check-in with how you are feeling – in body, in mind, in spirit. Take five more deep breaths and ask God to abide with you in this moment.

Bible readings for today

Two Scriptures to ponder about God as the majestic eagle for his people. Both passages come from the Exodus story we studied together in the Autumn.

As Moses went up to meet God, God called down to him from the mountain: “Speak to the House of Jacob, tell the People of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to Egypt and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to me. If you will listen obediently to what I say and keep my covenant, out of all peoples you’ll be my special treasure. The whole Earth is mine to choose from, but you’re special: a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.’ “This is what I want you to tell the People of Israel.” Exodus 19:3-6

The Lord found Israel out in the wilderness, in an empty, windswept wasteland. He threw his arms around him, lavished attention on him, guarding him as the apple of his eye. He was like an eagle hovering over her nest, overshadowing her young, then spreading her wings, lifting them into the air, teaching them to fly. Deuteronomy 32:10-14

Imagine this

In your mind’s eye, observe the most majestic eagle you can picture, hovering effortlessly above the people and the places that you care about most. Make a (mental) note of the words, images or feelings that this brings.

Do the Bible readings again

Take some time to read the Bible passage again, slowly (and out loud if you can). What word or phrase stands out as important? You might like to say it gently in your heart a few times to allow it to sink in even deeper.

Enjoy a chat with God

Talk with God about the word or phrase that stood out for you as you looked again at the Bible reading. Take time to savour the Lord’s Prayer.

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