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Today, let's focus all our attention on where others attack us.

Find a quiet space. Sit up tall, and close your eyes. Set a timer for one to two minutes per movement so that you can be fully present (or increase the time if you want a longer experience).  


First, pay attention to God. 

Take slow, deep breaths. Focus on the spot that you feel the breath in your body. Settle into the presence of Jesus. 
  • As you breathe in, think, "God, be gracious to me..." 
  • As you breathe out, think, "... for people attack me" (Psalm 56:1).

Second, ponder your inner world.

Process the following with Jesus:
  • Jesus, how have the attacks of others impacted my view of you?
  • Jesus, will you show me your gracious, healing presence right now?

Third, prepare to love others.

Ask Jesus to help you answer the following:
  • While under attack, is my tendency to fight back or withdraw?
  • What would loving my enemies look like?

A closing prayer:

Jesus, you are the great physician. I have been hurt and need your healing. 

Thank you for counting my restless tossing at night and for collecting every grief-filled tear that falls from my eye (Psalm 56:8).

You are so kind, and I trust you. Let that trust lead me to entrust myself to others in wise ways.  


Peace be with you until next week,
Rusty McKie 

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