Hard lessons


Do you not yet understand?

Mark 8:14-21

Question for reflection:

No, actually I don’t understand yet. I have a question. I always have one more question. There is one little bit I would like clarified, explained, and reviewed. I remember the loaves and the fishes, but I don’t know how it was done. And I want to see it done again. I want to hear the story again. I want to understand – I really am trying to understand. And I’m not the only one. The disciples, who there and got to talk to Jesus still didn’t understand. They were at the last supper, they had their feet washed, they saw the crucifixion, and ate with the resurrected Jesus and still had questions. They still didn’t quite “get it”.

– When have you sought more understanding –and gotten it?
– Has that understanding changed with new information or more maturity?
– How do we move forward with the confusion and unknowing?
– How would “understanding” change our actions?

Prayer for the day:
God, I pray for the peace that passeth understanding. Amen.
P.S. I would still like to understand!

 ~ Gimbiya Kettering, Intercultural Ministries Coordinator

Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren is offering these simple prayers and questions in connection to this year’s Lenten Devotional written by Duane Grady, pastor of Cedar Lake Church of the Brethren (Available from Brethren Press in print and E-Book formats). Join us as we look and listen for the coming of the Word through the reading of scripture, Duane’s reflections, times of prayer, and conversations on this blog.