Life Without Lack: Quitting Worry (Week 1)
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Lent is the 46-day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter. It’s meant to be a time for confession, repentance, grief, fasting, and meditation on Scripture — preparing our hearts to celebrate resurrected life with Jesus on Easter. We as a church are keeping this tradition by meditating on Psalm 23 and practicing quitting something each week. If you have any encouragements or suggestions related to CG Material, please email email@example.com.
Meditating on Psalm 23:1
(We pray with the Psalm to worshipfully cultivate intimacy with God.)
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”
“The Lord” — Take a few minutes as a group, expressing brief prayers of gratitude for the character of God. For example, “Thank you for your steadfastness, Lord.”
“…is my shepherd, I lack nothing” — Take 5 minutes in silent prayer and reflection:
- How has God been shepherding me?
- In what ways have I longed for more of God, more from Him, or felt completely satisfied?
- Psalm 23:1, John 10:11-18, and Matthew 6:25-34 all use language drawing on images from nature, such as shepherding, birds, and lilies. What does this reveal about the character and values of God?
- Imagine being present with Jesus as He first told people that He is the Good Shepherd and not to worry. How might His followers have reacted? Why was this message important to them?
- What do these Scriptures communicate about worry?
- As you read these passages like a mirror to examine your life, what do you see? Where are you in need of God’s shepherding presence?
(This Lent season, we will take up an accountable practice of fasting from something each week —and not just quitting a behavior, but also a way of life.)
- Split into smaller groups, possibly by gender, to share deeply.
- Share vulnerably with your smaller group — What parts of your life most prompt you to worry?
Choose and Declare a Practice of Quitting Worry
(Take on one of the options below or create your own. We will have opportunities to give an account of how it was to practice these each week.)
- Whenever worry strikes this week, recite Psalm 23:1 under your breath: “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”
- Practice prayerfully pausing for 20 seconds and leaving your worries at the doorway of your home, keeping your home as a place for resting with the Good Shepherd.
- Take a daily walk where you literally “Consider the birds of the air” as a practice in releasing your worries to God.
- Design your own practice. (Make it practical, prayerful, and helpful for quitting worry.)