Spiritual Practice


Marlee Baker & Sara Caporaletti

I love to imagine Jesus on Earth. I see him as a young student — poring over ancient scriptures, committing Isaiah to memory, reciting the Shema with tears in his eyes. I envision him sitting at the feet of a Rabbi, listening with a tongue quick to question, a mind apt to ponder.

I imagine Jesus sitting beside the sea, listening to the waves brush against the shore, staring up at the vastness of the stars. I wonder how he felt being part God and part creation, part Spirit and part dust?

I imagine Jesus  wrestling with purpose and calling, deep in contemplation as his hands worked to smooth stone into wheel. Was he aware those same precious palms would one day heal the blind, touch a leper, be nailed to a cross?

When I picture Jesus as human, my whole existence suddenly becomes a holy mirror to the Son of God. No longer do any of my actions feel mundane, meaningless, or silly because Jesus lived them too.

—Marlee Baker, 19


I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.
Matthew 28:20 (CEV)

I AM WITH YOU: I like to imagine Jesus being with me in every aspect of my life. When I’m driving, he’s in the passenger seat. When I’m walking, he’s right beside me. When I’m in a tough spot, he’s there to support me. How might you imagine Jesus being with you during Lent?

—Sara Caporaletti, 24

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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