{May 7, 2017}

 

May 7 -May 13, 2017

 

{Sit With Us: Immigrants}

By Sarah Hahs

I taught for five years in the Kansas City Kansas School District at Wyandotte High School, down the street from Mission Adelante.  When I heard Jarrett speaking this morning about immigrants and refugees, the faces of so many of my students flooded my mind.  Those were my kids. I loved them. I cared about their futures. I am still in contact with many of them. His observation that this topic is “heavy, but important” was not lost on me. I have felt the same heaviness when trying to navigate the various political viewpoints of friends and family, while still communicating the same message consistently . . . love them anyways. 

This is like most things in life. It will, at times, look messy and awkward. Jesus has always challenged us to love the marginalized. I’ll tell you a secret though . . . you were made to give love away. Your heart already knows how to do it. Your hands already know how to extend in an outward fashion. Your legs already know how to bend to lift someone up. 

“…comfort those who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.”
Isaiah 61: 3-4

This verse sat taped to my desk and every day I looked at the oaks that were being planted in a city that appeared to be in ruins. But in so many of the faces of my students who were immigrants or refugees I saw hope, determination, kindness and love. So many of my students had every reason to quit. I don’t do very well in math, I can’t even imagine if I had to learn it in some other language. Some of them came to school all day and then went to a job until 10 or 11 at night, and that money went to the family. It wasn’t something they kept and got to use on clothes and hanging out with friends. I met with parents who were partners in educating their child because they wanted more for their kid than they themselves had. There was a civic pride in where they lived, and where they came from. 

It is easy to get caught up in the political questions and the challenges of a system that has been broken for generations. I don’t need to have all the world’s problems solved for me to volunteer to teach someone English at Mission Adelante, I don’t need to know Spanish to volunteer at Adelante Thrift. I don’t need to have the blessing of my political affiliation to bake someone cookies who just moved into my neighborhood. I feel that Jesus is calling us to do one simple thing. Love. Them. Anyways.

{sunday 5.7.17}

Read Isaiah 61:3-4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do you hear God saying to you specifically in these words? How can you act on that this week?

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{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

CLICK HERE to check out our latest video resource from Seth Davidson, The Journey Continues. It connects the dots from the past weeks’ readings to the current readings.

 

{monday 5.1.17}

Read 1 Corinthians 11:17-30

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul has some harsh words for the early church of Corinth about how they are treating each other. It’s easy to see division and unkindness as a problem in other people, but it’s much harder to see in ourselves. Pray for God to reveal to you where your heart is on this matter. How might you bring unity to a situation this week? How might you offer kindness to someone this week?

{tuesday 5.2.17}

Read 1 Corinthians 11:31-12:11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you considered what your spiritual gifts might be? If yes, what are your spiritual gifts? If no, read and pray over these verses for clarity.

{wednesday 5.3.17}

Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This is a heavily quoted piece of scripture. If this is new to you, what stands out to you? Explain. If this is not new to you, in what ways can you help others with their gifts that are different from yours?

{thursday 5.4.17}

Read 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Take 5 minutes and write whatever comes to mind about the word “love”. The only guidelines are…. 1) Do NOT stop writing for the entire 5 minutes. 2)  Do NOT self-edit as you write. If you feel comfortable doing so, share what you wrote with someone else.

{friday 5.5.17}

Read 1 Corinthians 13:8-14:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In these verses we are reminded that, although gifts are of great value, the greatest expression of our faith to the world is love. Faith, hope and love are described in various ways as lasting from now into the time when Jesus returns, whereas our gifts are granted to help us reach a world in flux, until Jesus returns and perfects it. Based on this knowledge, how can you exercise and visibly display more faith, hope and love in the places where you live, work, study or play?

{saturday 5.6.17}

Read 1 Corinthians 14:6-19

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul is telling us to do things that will build the church up. He isn’t talking about the church as a building, but as a movement among people sharing the love Jesus has shown them. What can you do this week to share that love? Will you do it?

{group discussion ideas}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as an Heartland group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters for The Journey.

  • Can you name an ‘takeaway’ or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?

 

{extra journey resources}

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