Today’s Bible reading

While Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers. One was Simon, also known as Peter, and the other was Andrew. They were fishermen, and they were casting their net into the lake. Jesus said to them, “Follow me! I will teach you how to bring in people instead of fish.” Right then the two brothers dropped their nets and went with him. Jesus walked on until he saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat with their father, mending their nets. Jesus asked them to come with him. At once they left the boat and their father and went with Jesus. – Matthew 4:18-22 

More thoughts for meditation

“Jesus walked a lot, and not only during the last week of his life. The four gospels are peppered with accounts of him walking by the Sea of Galilee, walking in the Temple, and even walking on water. If Jesus had driven a car instead, it is difficult to imagine how that might have changed his impact. Surely someone could have loaned him a fast horse. Instead, he walked everywhere he went, except for a short stint on a donkey at the end. This gave him time to see things, like the milky eyes of the beggar sitting by the side of the road, or the round black eyes of sparrows sitting in their cages at the market. If he had been moving more quickly—even to reach more people—these things might have become a blur to him. Because he was moving slowly, they came into focus for him, just as he came into focus for them.”  — Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World

Suggestions for action

Take a few minutes to walk outside, if you’re able, or open a door or window. While you’re walking, or just seeing through a door or window to the outdoors, slowly look around. Take time to see and feel around you. What might you have missed if you were in a hurry?

Collect one small object before you return inside or choose an inside item before you close your door/window. Add this object to the altar you began earlier this week, or begin creating your altar if this is your first object. As you move through your day, pause to look at your altar and ask God to help you notice God’s work in yourself and in others. Write down your prayer, or what you notice, and tell someone about it.