The Urge (Day 22, Wednesday)

March 07, 2021, By: Jimmy Scruggs

Starter Prayer: Liberating God, again and again our brains tell us we are in danger when in fact you are saving people. Help us let go of our questions about your methods and join you in the work.

Focus Phrase: The urge to question

In today’s reflection, Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity writes:

Again and again, Jesus shows us that his movement is about overturning systems of oppression to bring forth God’s beloved community on earth. Again and again, liberation movements throughout history pursue this same goal. Will we join Jesus in the overturning, or like the disciples, question his methods?

We will be reflecting on Garrity’s painting and writing today and tomorrow, so take your time.

Be encouraged in your practice.

Katie Martinez


  • Read and Reflect on p. 21-22 of Again & Again. The link is in every Journey email. If you’re not getting those, register here.  
  • Read John 2:13-22.
  • Questions for journaling and spiritual conversation:
    • What does the urge to question the methods of overturning injustice look and sound like in you?
    • Where are you seeing this in our society or the church community today?
    • What would happen if you and large numbers of people stopped  questioning the methods and joined the movement?
  • As the week unfolds, what word or phrase captures your attention? Weave your word into the prayer wall at the Taft Avenue facility; or text your word to 970-500-0970, and the prayer team will weave it into the wall for you.


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This is part of Again & Again: Journey of Lent 2021 with Crossroads Church. The theme, devotional booklet, poetry and art is the work of the creative community of theologians and artists at A Sanctified Art. Crossroads is grateful for this resource!