The holidays pull us in many directions. Sometimes we don’t recognize the people most important to us—those who love us, shelter us, feed us—until something forces us to slow down. Waiting can give us time to remember what and who we count on and how fortunate we really are. Chris Janson’s song “Good Vibes” is about slowing down and taking stock of all we have to be thankful for. It’s about appreciating the good things we have in our lives.
Key Lyrics: I’m gettin’ them good vibes / I’m livin’ this good life / I’m breathin’ on God’s time / And I ain’t gonna waste one breath / I’m soakin’ it all up / I got me a full cup / And there ain’t nothin’ gonna spill it / Nothin’ gonna kill it / Wavin’ them worries goodbye / I’m feelin’ them good vibes
Questions: When have you been forced to slow down or wait for something? How did waiting affect you? What insights into yourself or the situation did you experience? What are you thankful for this Advent season?
Lent is a time to reflect on our lives — what habits do I have, how am I acting within my relationships, and where am I spending my time? Then we ask, are these habits, relationships and use of time putting me in closer relationship with my dear neighbors and with God, or are they pulling me away? Throughout our lives we are on a journey that wanders sometimes closer and at other times farther from God. This is why it is important for us to take stock of where we are and to whom we extend a hand — and make adjustments as needed.
Key Lyrics: Open up your eyes and start to dream / Sit down and think what it could be / Walk back and take the hand of man
Questions: What does a life that prioritizes my relationship with God look like? How do I speak to and treat others? How do I let others treat me? How do I treat all of God’s creation? If I close my eyes and dream, as the song suggests, what does the world I imagine look like? How is it like the kingdom of God? What one thing can I commit to throughout Lent to bring our world closer to this image?
Through prayer and reflection we are able to witness God at work in our lives. By taking time to be still and know God, we gain clarity on what stirs our heart. When we are suddenly able to see and feel our gifts and passions, we are able to share our lives zealously with the world.
Key Lines: “Suddenly I see (suddenly I see) / This is what I wanna be”
Questions: What did you see today that was beautiful? What made you feel excited and joyful today? What choices can you make tomorrow to enjoy the same excitement and beauty?
Reflection Questions for SPIRIT, November 24th:
1. How forgivable is Derek’s one beer? Do you react more like Anthony, Margaret, or Diane?
2. What do you think the consequences should be?
3. What example does Jesus give us in regard to forgiveness?
4. What do you find hard to forgive?
5. Where and how did Jesus reign today?