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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Friendship with Jesus by David L. Friendship with Jesus by David L. Friendship with Jesus 3. Build a powerful friendship with Jesus through the ancient art of contemplative prayer. Perfect for individual or group use, this guide and workbook helps readers to actually experience events recorded in the Gospel of Mark, so that biblical times, places, and people come to life vividly.
As the events unfold before the reader's eyes, God's revelation becomes a present eve Build a powerful friendship with Jesus through the ancient art of contemplative prayer. As the events unfold before the reader's eyes, God's revelation becomes a present event, and Jesus becomes a companion and friend. In his brief introduction, David Miller explains how the ancient art of contemplative prayer helped strengthen and deepen his relationship with God.
After explaining the principles and practice of praying the Scriptures, Miller demonstrates how readers can use the technique for themselves.
Who Were Jesus' Friends?
Then he walks readers, chapter by chapter, through an exciting prayer-reading of Mark's Gospel, pausing on special write-in pages for readers to record their experiences. In a final section, Miller offers journal entries from his own prayer journey through the Gospel, inviting readers to compare with him and with one another the exciting Paperback , pages. Published July 1st by Augsburg Fortress Publishing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Friendship with Jesus , please sign up.
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Be the first to ask a question about Friendship with Jesus. Lists with This Book. This is a quite significant moment in the Gospel of John and in the entire New Testament. This text is part of the Farewell Discourse in the Gospel of John. At this point in the journey the disciples have been sharing everyday life with Jesus for some time. We can only imagine what other events and conversations must have transpired. There had to be times of confusion, when the disciples wondered what Jesus was all about and what his teaching really meant.
There must have been moments of discouragement, and words exchanged about this.
I wonder if any of the disciples ever sat down with Jesus and spoke to him about their feelings of discouragement. There would also have been experiences of deep satisfaction and even exhilaration, as they stood so close to the One who offered hope to people, who taught the crowds with such authority, who reached out and touched the dreaded leper to bring him healing and new life.
The depth of friendship love that impels him to do this is also what he asks of them in their love for one another.
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This intriguing theme of friendship has been explored by many classic thinkers in the Christian tradition. One of them is Teresa of Avila, the great 16th century mystic, Carmelite reformer, and Doctor of the Church. Teresa was a woman of extraordinary strength, courage and initiative. For years she lived a commitment to consecrated life that she felt was neither very satisfying nor particularly fervent.
In her autobiography, Teresa offers what is the best description of prayer that I have ever read. She is technically talking about mental prayer in this passage, but I believe that her definition is applicable to prayer in general.
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Hers is a description set within the context of friendship. In my mind, this is a very penetrating description of prayer. It echoes the words of Jesus about friendship in the Gospel of John. In another place in her autobiography, Teresa encourages her readers to gaze on the sacred humanity of Jesus. All through this part of her autobiography, she refers to Christ as true friend at our side. One of the distinguishing marks of friendship love is mutuality, or reciprocity.
Sometimes we discover that we love people who do not return that love to us. The Gospel calls us to persist in love for these people even for our enemies! For genuine friendship, there has to be mutuality.
Real friendship is grounded in mutual concern and mutual giving. I believe that we can relate this general characteristic of friendship to our friendship with Christ. Great people of prayer like Teresa of Avila have consistently taught us that, when all is said and done, the spiritual life is much more than just a series of spiritual exercises.
But ultimately the Christian spiritual life is an adventure of giving oneself to the Lord and becoming ever more receptive to his gift of self to us. That is the heart of the matter.
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This mutual self-giving has many dimensions. One of them is simply taking the time in prayer to articulate our love for Christ in a regular, heartfelt way. You and I are challenged to allow Christ to draw close to us. I suspect that this second aspect of mutuality with Christ is sometimes where we struggle the most. I know that this is the case in my life. We sometimes draw back in anxiety or fear, especially because we are conscious of our own weakness and sinfulness.
At other times we are afraid that Christ will ask too much of us. This is one reason we find it difficult to incorporate silence into our time of prayer. We tend to fill up the quiet spaces with a multiplicity of words. But if our friendship with Christ is to grow and deepen, we must allow ourselves to receive from Christ, as well as give back to him.
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Our friendship with Christ is meant to be characterized by a genuine reciprocity. A few years ago, I spent time visiting a friend of mine who was very will with cancer. I had known Suzanne, her husband Jim, and their children almost since the time I was ordained. I had the privilege of visiting their home and staying in touch through the years. Suzanne was a very lively person who loved a good joke or a funny story. She had a hearty laugh that you could hear in the next room.
She was also a person of deep faith. She was very committed to growing in her life with God. Suzanne had a recurrence of cancer that had begun as melanoma and later metastasized in her lungs and her brain.
She was able to buy some time for goodbyes with treatment, but it soon became evident that she was in the process of dying. Her husband invited me to preach at her funeral, which I found to be quite a challenging task. A day or two before the funeral, Jim gave me a copy of the last entry that Suzanne had made in her personal journal, just a little while before she discovered the recurrence of her cancer.
With his permission, I would like to share an excerpt from that journal entry, because I think it reflects something of what Jesus says in the Gospel:. This winter has been unseasonably warm and almost snow free.