Introduction. This week we are practicing peacemaking. Jon Huckins, our guest speaker, and co-founder of the Global Immersion Project, defined peacemaking as the restoration of harmony between us and God, us and ourselves, us and each other, and us and creation. Using the story of the Good Samaritan, Jon taught us the following practices to equip us for peacemaking in our world:
See. Pay attention to the humanity and plight of those we encounter and learn to see every person as an image-bearer of God.
Immerse. Move toward the center of the plight or conflict in order to seek to understand and find healing.
Contend. Engage in the plight or conflict with transforming initiatives (creative ways that allow the other to flourish).
Restore. Join God in His work to holistically repair all relationships.
Peacemaking. This week, let’s engage in peacemaking through action and contemplation…
Practice one or more of the following practices Jon suggested in his teaching.
(1) See. Walk around your neighborhood with your phone or camera and take pictures of the things you see that are beautiful and the things you see that are broken.
- Move toward the person you typically try to avoid because they are difficult or annoying and engage them in conversation or have a meal with them.
- Identify a broken relationship in your life and identify the first step to immersing yourself in the conflict.
- With a few friends, identify an area of brokenness in the world and together, pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you in how you might contend for the flourishing of that issue, and then take a first step.
- Identify a broken relationship in your life and take the first step to contend for the flourishing of that relationship.
In your quiet time with God, practice Lectio Divina through the story of the Good Samaritan. Here is one way to engage through the passages listed in the Daily Scripture Reading section below.
Read. Read the passage once slowly.
Listen. Sit silently for a minute, paying attention to the words or phrases that stand out.
Read. Read the passage a second time slowly.
Listen. Prayerfully ask God in what way those words and phrases apply in your life. Sit in silence and listen for 1-2 minutes.
Read. Read the passage a third time, again slowly.
Listen. Prayerfully ask God whether there is an action or invitation for you. Sit in silence and listen for two minutes without trying to figure anything out. Just listen.
Daily Scripture Reading
Monday: Luke 10:25-28
Tuesday: Luke 10:27-29
Wednesday: Luke 10:30-32
Thursday: Luke 10:33-35
Friday: Luke 10:36-37
Saturday: Luke 10:25-37
Book: Jon Huckins, Thin Places: Six Postures for Creating and Practicing Missional Community.
Article: Jon Huckins, Fatalities of Prejudice