Do you, then, refuse to work and to suffer?

"Transfiguration" Jim Janknegt. Used with permission.

The Last Word

Life Himself came down to be slain;

Bread came down to suffer hunger;

the Way came down to endure weariness on His journey;

the Fountain came down to experience thirst.

Do you, then, refuse to work and to suffer?

 -Augustine 354-430

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Christ suffered for you.
  • How do you suffer hunger?
  • Christ suffered for you.
  • Chow do you endure weariness?
  • Christ suffered for you.
  • How do you experience thirst?
  • Christ died for you.
  • What needs to be slain in you to live in Christ Jesus?
  • Invite Christ into these places.
  • Ask for forgiveness.
  • Receive new life.
  • Be reconciled with God.
  • Give thanks to God for these things that have been revealed and for this time in prayer.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, February 19, 2012, The Transfiguration of the Lord Year B 
2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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About Lil Smith

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 26 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?
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