{October 11, 2020}






Heartland Community Church


THE JOURNEY

 

NEW THING: Making Space

By Meghan Hemenway

Making space isn’t really difficult for me. I am not one who typically fills my calendar with lots of activities, knowing that downtime is crucial for me. But that hasn’t meant I have been making space for time with God. My free space can easily be filled with TV or social media or just the mental scrolling through of my many to-do lists.

Today we talked about a 12-year-old Jesus making space for his time with his father, God. Jesus continued throughout his life to make space for God in the midst of a busy life, knowing that the best place for him was near to his father. Jesus knew that God’s path was the better one, and many of us probably accept that too, but why is it so difficult to let go and make space for hearing whatever guidance God has for us?

This year has had a way of forcing space into people’s lives – schools closed, offices closed, travel canceled, people isolated. It’s not usually a good feeling to be forced into something. I resist this and I’m sure others have felt an internal push back on the space the pandemic has shoved into our lives. But what it did, or what it could do for us, is give us a look at what is truly important to us. As Shibu said, how we fill our calendar and how we spend our money can give us a picture of our priorities. So when our calendars were wiped clean, what did we put back on them? What did we miss the most?

I struggle to name where I have made space in my life because I always think I could be doing it better. But I can easily name the ways others have made space for me and my sons in this season. My brother-in-law comes over every Sunday to spend time with his nephews. When we were under quarantine orders in the Spring, he Skyped them every week to watch a Marvel movie; guiding them through the whole Marvel universe. He comes and sits in our backyard and listens to explanations of video games and watches them perform little boy tricks on the tire swing. He finds funny songs to play for them and tells them terrible jokes that they love and repeat over and over throughout the next week. He intentionally made space in his week to to build and grow relationships with the boys.

I have a friend who remembers my schedule and texts me when she knows I might be free so we can walk and I can pour out my concerns and troubles. She shares some, but mostly lets me talk as we walk miles and miles, knowing that right now I have so much to get out. She has made space specifically to make me know I am seen and heard. These spaces people have created are sustaining us through a difficult season.

Maybe some of you were nudged today to make space for someone or maybe, like me, you are reminded of how grateful you are that people have made space for you.
 

 

{sunday 10.11.20}

Read Psalm 139:5-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Where does this passage say God is? How does David, the writer of this psalm, feel about God’s presence? How do you make space for time with God in your life or how else are you filling that time? Who or what else may God be nudging you to make room for?

 

{bible reading plan: psalms}

By Brooke Hodnefield

The Journey online videos have been discontinued at this time. Check out this great video overview of Psalms from our friends at The Bible Reading Project!

 

{monday 10.12.20}

Read Psalm 58

Read, Ponder, Pray: Each day swirls with new information that brings uncertainty and deeper complexities…COVID, politics, schools, unemployment, the list goes on. Add the injustice and judgement continues relentlessly, ‘Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears, that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skillful the enchanter may be.’ Psalm 58:4-5. This certainly sounds relevant. Regardless of the depth of our own despair and the chaos that encircles, it is not new. It is not surprising to our God. While it is easy to get sucked into that which causes us to fear, God has gone before and knows the world in which we live. And he loves the people that make up this world. Ultimately, He is in control, not the charmer that captivates our attention and causes our hearts to become heavy. ‘..surely there is a God who judges the earth.’ Psalm 58:11 reminds us that we can acknowledge the hard, the heavy and the injustice, but we have a Savior and King who ceases at nothing to captivate our attention and give us strength for our day. Consider whatever captivates your attention and leads you down a path of fear. Can you ask God to give you strength to tackle whatever that may be?

 

{tuesday 10.13.20}

Read Psalm 59

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I’ve had two times in my life where I deeply feared going to bed. Only because the night brought about something dark, heavy and alarming. I felt alert and fearful, unable to sleep. This Psalm captured the sentiment I felt, ‘They return at evening, snarling like dogs, and prowl about the city…’ Psalm 59:6 & 14. This is repeated twice, meaning there is emphasis to be placed here. When we began to lose daylight, I had that same sense that the Psalmist shares. Eventually light beat the darkness, as it does everytime. Sometimes we are a part of that redemption story and sometimes we aren’t. But what is also repeated in this Psalm (again, meaning emphasis) became a song of praise. ‘O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.’ What journey has your own faith story taken you on? Which point of emphasis resonates most for where you are today?

 

{wednesday 10.14.20}

Read Psalm 60

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This song is a battle cry from David. As Charles H. Spurgeon shares, ‘Properly the song may be said to consist of three parts: the complaining verses (1-3), the happy (4-8), the prayerful (9-12).’ Sounds about right for the way we walk through our own battles. While we are not battling Aram Naharaim or Aram Zobah, we are battling our own versions of those armies in our life. This is a raw and true cry that takes us through the emotional journey of owning our own stuff. There is also a sense that David knows that this is his to deal with. When in a vulnerable place, I can view everything as a battle that I have to own, and that’s simply not the case. It can be helpful to stop and recalibrate. Take a moment to breathe and simply assess what is before you. What is your battle today that God has called you to, with his aid? What is not yours that you can lay down, knowing that it is not for you to bear? ‘Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless.’

 

{thursday 10.15.20}

Read Psalm 61

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Psalm 61:2-4 brings comfort and peace when I feel distant and alone. It is an intimate excerpt that brings a closeness to God that I desire. In my own words, this cry would read:

God, where are you? I’ve been calling to you and don’t sense you are anywhere. My ability to cry to you is waning, and I can’t see you dim light that is set before. But I trust you are there. Bring me to that place where I find communion with you. That I might sit beside you and feel your strong presence. I am weak. Despite my own ability to sense you, you are always there. A constant, and a place of safety when I don’t know what or who to trust. Bring me to you, everyday, abiding in you, sending me out, then bringing me back to the fold of your arm where I can find rest from my striving.

Re-write this portion of the Psalm (2-4) in your own words. Lift up your own personalized cry to God.

 

{friday 10.16.20}

Read Psalm 62

Observe, Reflect, Apply: The word ‘rock’ is referenced three different times in this short Psalm. If He alone is my rock, my mighty rock, my salvation, what do I replace as my rock if not Jesus? What pulls my attention and places my value in something other than Him? Pride & status (lofty place), people (low/highborn men), goods (riches), are just some to name a few…all of which are referenced in this particular Psalm. Ambition and striving becomes my rock, stemming from pride and status. I want to be competent and successful in all I do, buttoned-up and pulled together, always prepared and ready to take on what is next. In that, my rock becomes achieving. As you consider what you tend to drift towards, would you suggest that of pride/status (ambition), people (approval), or goods/riches (appetite)?

 

{extra journey resources}

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