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The Ousley Church is a multicultural, multigenerational faith community mandated by God to restore and revive life of all with God’s Love and Grace. Located in the great city of Lithonia/Stonecrest, GA, this community is a place of invitation, innovation and inspiration. This is truly a place “Where Love and Grace Come Alive!”
Lenten Meditation Booklet Dear Ousley Community, As Ash Wednesday marks the commencement of the Lenten season, we invite you to join us in creating a Lenten Meditation Booklet to guide us on our spiritual journey during this period. To bring this project to fruition, we seek the collaboration of forty members willing to contribute by crafting a meditation. Each contribution should include a Scripture, a Meditation, and a Prayer, all formatted on a ½ sheet of 8x10 paper, following a structure similar to that of the Daily Word. To facilitate the timely production of the booklet, we kindly request that all meditations be prepared and submitted by February 7, 2024. Submissions can be emailed to email@example.com. For your convenience, sign-up sheets will be available in the Narthex starting January 7, 2024. An Example Scripture: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you." Meditation: So often in our lives, we find ourselves in situations, wondering what to do and where to turn for answers. This has happened to me time and time again, particularly in relation to my health. A few months ago, after preaching at Bethlehem, I experienced what I now know to be an optical migraine. I couldn't see properly, as something was blocking the middle of my eye. I decided to go to the emergency room to have it checked out, but it improved, and I did not go. On the following day, I called my primary doctor, who treated me as if I had had a stroke, requiring various tests, and suggested I see my ophthalmologist. When I did see him, he found a hole in my retina and scheduled me for laser surgery. I kept the appointment but became a little uneasy when he explained the procedure. I assured him that my uneasiness had nothing to do with him. He understood, and we decided to reschedule the surgery. Later, I mentioned to the members of St. Luke, and one of them told me about a doctor they had seen for a similar situation. I called, made an appointment, and went. The doctor examined my eye, discovering a small hole in my retina, but he wasn't worried. He stated, "If you like, you can come back in six months, but it is really nothing to worry about. If you were jumping and running like an athlete, I would fix it, but that is not the case. The optical migraine had nothing to do with the hole in your retina. If you have another migraine, you will know what it is and know what to do." Today, I realize that my uneasiness was God guiding me and telling me that my situation wasn’t as bad as it was presented to me. This has also happened to me in a prior surgery. I am grateful to God for always being amidst my life. He is always instructing me and teaching me the way I should go. He counsels me, and His loving eyes are on me. Prayer: Eternal God, as I continue in preparation for Easter morning, I invite you to always be in my life, to show me the way I should go, teaching me how to walk and talk as a Christian, and to counsel me on things of you. God, thank you for keeping your eyes on me. I am blessed to be a part of you, God; without you, I don’t know where I would be. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen. Submitted by Rev. Dr. Deborah S. Holloway, 2017 Thank you for your participation and dedication to enriching our Lenten experience.