Reading: sections 1-5, The Road to Daybreak
Thank you for all the wonderful introductions last week! It is always good to learn a little bit about you. This week we jump into the text, and there is much to reflect upon. We will provide a few questions to help get the discussion going, but please don’t feel bound to them. This is an opportunity to share and discuss what came up for you in the readings. Perhaps you’ll want to share from your own journey of discernment.
1) Early on Henri grounds this book and his journey in the name of Jesus. “In his name I am called to live. His name has to become my house, my dwelling place, my refuge, my ark. His name has to start telling the story of being born, growing up, growing old, and dying – revealing a God who loved us so much that he sent his only child to us” (p9).
a) How can the name of Jesus “become my house, my dwelling place, my refuge, my ark”? What do you think that means?
b) What does the Bible say about the name of Jesus?
c) How does living in the name of Jesus reveal God to others?
2) As he begins to reflect on his process of discernment, Henri refers to the story of the rich young man (Mark 10:21-22). He wonders “how different his life would have been had he been free enough to follow Jesus” (p15).
a) Are you free enough to follow Jesus?
b) If we aren’t currently free enough to follow Jesus, what can we do ? What might we pray? What would be a first step?
3) We often think about following Jesus as leaving everything behind and doing something new, but Henri reminds us that it can be just as hard to follow Jesus by “staying home,” by staying where God has put you and being faithful there (p46).
a) Are you called to “stay”?
b) What does it look like for you to live in the name of Jesus where you are right now?
4) Throughout the readings you will find numerous gifts and insights that Henri received from the persons with intellectual disabilities he encountered in L’Arche.
a) Please feel free to share any stories that stood out to you or impacted you.
Following up on question number four, it seems to be a good time to say that your comment doesn’t have to be perfect, profound or polished. You are not being evaluated based on your comment. We just want to hear what God is speaking to your heart.
We very much look forward to hearing from each of you in the week ahead! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Ray and Brynn