By Daniel Malakowsky
For the past few months we have been focused on growing in our daily rhythm of being with God through the Psalms. As we have pursued him in this way, we have been met richly in learning to bring the totality of our human experience before him, knowing that he invites us to share with him our joys and blessings, as well as our sorrows and frustrations. Our heart is not to leave this pursuit, but to allow those foundations that have been laid in forming and shaping us to continue to draw us collectively into God’s presence with one another.
With that we will be transitioning in our focus from the Psalms to the Gospels. Where as the Psalms teach us how to be with God, the Gospels reveal to us in Christ the fullness not only of God’s redemptive plans, but the nature of his character and being. Paul reminds us that we are “being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” by beholding the glory of the Lord. In Christ “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Over these next few months we hope to organize our days and life around the life and person of Jesus, breaking up the Gospels into a monthly reading plan that we can journey on together. Jesus...the one who fills up the law and the prophets...the one who is the foundation and cornerstone that every apostle built upon...the one who unites all things in himself as the fullness of God’s redemptive plan...the one who is preeminent and in whom all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell...invites us to be with him, our Immanuel.
We encourage you to join us in this pursuit. We will be gathering to reflect on and share together in how the Lord is meeting us through this study on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursday of every month. As we pursue this journey we attend to the ‘well traversed way’ the Psalmist spoke of in Psalm 23, a road leading us into the deeply dug and worn ruts of righteousness.
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“You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.” ~ Augustine