Lenten Reflection for Mon of Holy Week 3/25/2013

Sojourner Truth Headstone- Oakhill Cemetery

Sojourner Truth Headstone- Oakhill Cemetery (Photo credit: battlecreekcvb)

 

Sojourner Truth, half-length portrait; hotogra...

Sojourner Truth, half-length portrait; hotographic print on carte de visite mount : albumen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Psalm 36:5-11 Isaiah 42:1– 9
Hebrews 9:11-15 John 12:1-11

 

Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff.
—- Sojourner Truth

 

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Lenten Reflection for Palm Sun 3/24/2013

 

Psalm am: 118, 1-2, 19-29
pm: 31:9-16 Isa 50:4-9a Philippians 4:5-11
am: Matthew 26:14-27:66
pm: Matthew 27:11-54

 

A Prayer by Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador

 

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God‘s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation
in realizing that. This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well.
Amen

 

 

Lenten Reflection for Fri 3/22/2013

Psalm 21, Initial D. In: Albani-Psalter

Psalm 21, Initial D. In: Albani-Psalter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm am: 22
pm: 141, 143 Jeremiah 29:1, 4-13
Romans 11:13-24 John 11:1-27
or 12:1-10

People notice peacemakers because they dress funny. We
know how the people who make war dress – in uniforms
and medals, or in computers and clipboards, or in absoluteness,
severity, greed, and cynicism. But the peacemaker is
dressed in righteousness, justice, and faithfulness – dressed
for the work that is to be done.  —-Walter Brueggemann

Lenten Reflection for Thur 3/21/2013

Psalm am: 131, 132, 133
pm: 140, 142 Jeremiah 26:1-16
Romans 11:1-12 John 10:19-42

The priests, the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah say this in the Lord’s house
and, when he came to the end of what the Lord had charged him to say to them, the priests
and prophets and all the people seized him and threatened him with death  —-Jeremiah 26 v 7-8

As I read and re-read the reading from the life of the prophet
Jeremiah assigned for this day, I tried to feel the passion with
which Jeremiah pleaded to the inhabitants of Jerusalem to turn
back to the One True God. The tender-hearted Jeremiah loved
his people so much and was compelled to speak out even although
he was persecuted, ridiculed and even threatened with
death. Called by God to be a prophet, God gave Jeremiah specific
things to say and put a fearlessness into his heart that he
might accomplish the work God set before him. Most of us are
not called by God to put our lives in danger but we are asked to
take risks – go beyond our comfort zone and if we stay close to
our true companion, the Spirit of our Savior Jesus, and ponder
the Living Word of God, we will be inspired and guided to do
the work God has for us to do. All God asks of us is a willing
heart and He will supply all we need to accomplish the task.
Anna Pruett
-a humble worker in the Lord’s Service.

 

Lenten Reflection for Tue 3/19/2013

English: Liszt k Rimlánczom (Epistle to the Ro...

English: Liszt k Rimlánczom (Epistle to the Romans) from the prekmurian Nôvi Zákon (1848) Magyar: Liszt k Rimlánczom (A rómaiakhoz írott levél) a vend Nôvi Zákonból (1848) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Psalm am:121,122,123
pm: 124, 125, 126 Jeremiah 25:8-17
Romans 10:1-13 John 9:18-41

 

What does it say, then? The word is very near to you; it is in your mouth
and in your heart, that is, the word of faith, the faith which we preach…  —-Romans 10:8

 
This passage reminds me of the power of words. We don’t value
them like we should. We all know that once something is spoken it
can never be taken back. The word spoken into my soul, which is
continually echoing in my mind is that I am God’s Beloved”. I am
known, loved and blessed by the one who sacrificed his life for
mine. God gives me a purpose even if I don’t always know it.
But this is not only true for me but it is true for you as well. May it
be spoken and never be taken back: you are “God’s Beloved”! You
are known and loved intimately by our creator and redeemer. You
too have a purpose in God’s unfolding plan.

 
Joshua J.D. Moritz
Husband, Farmer, Beloved

 

Lenten Reflection for Mon 3/18/2013

Bartolo, Andrea di, 1360/70 - 1428

Bartolo, Andrea di, 1360/70 – 1428

Psalm am: 31
pm: 35 Jeremiah 24:1-10 Romans 9:19-33
John 9:1-17

We cannot merely pray to you, O God,
to end war;
For we know that You have made the world
in a way
That man must find his own path to peace.
Within himself and with his neighbor.
We cannot merely pray to You, O God,
to end starvation;
For You have already given us the
resources
With which to feed the entire world,
If we would only use them wisely.
We cannot merely pray to You, O God,
to root out prejudice;
For You have already given us eyes
With which to see the good in all men,
If we would only use them rightly.
We cannot merely pray to You, O God,
to end despair,
For You have already given us the power
To clear away slums and to give hope,
If we would only use our power justly.
We cannot merely pray to You, O God,
to end disease;
For You have already given us great minds
With which to search out cures and healing,
If we would only use them constructively.
Therefore we pray to You instead, O God,
For strength, determination and will power,
To do instead of just pray,
To become instead of merely to wish.
Jack Riemer
Likrat Shabbat

 

Lenten Reflection for Sun 3/17/2013

Psalm am: 118
pm: 145 Jeremiah 23:16-32 1 Corinthians 9:19-27
Mark 8:31-9:1

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without
leaving happier.  —- Mother Teresa

Laughing GirlRobert Henri

Laughing Girl
Robert Henri


Lenten Reflection for Sat 3/16/2013

 

 

Psalm am: 102, 108
pm: 33 Jeremiah 23:9-15 Romans 9:1-18
John 6:60-71

 

So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?”  Simon
Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the
words of eternal life,  and we have believed, and have come to know,
that you are the Holy One of God.”  —-John 6:68-69

 
Here we have our beloved Peter speaking words of wisdom. We know
that Peter can be rash and reckless ( just like me)! I think that is why I
love him so much. And yet, the other reason I love him is that he almost
always did “get it” – he knew in his inner being that Jesus was the
Messiah and our Lord. Peter was a Jewish man who decided to follow
Jesus, away from all that was familiar and comfortable. The Master
asked him to throw aside long-held religious beliefs. Peter could have
simply walked away with the majority of the disciples who left Jesus at
this time because they were freaked out when Jesus told them that in
order to have eternal life they must eat his flesh and drink his blood; it
sounded like madness.
But Peter understood that His Lord was speaking of spiritual things, of
things beyond the literal. Maybe he did not fully comprehend all that
Jesus was saying to him but Peter’s faith was sufficient to keep him by
Jesus’ side. True faith calls for us to believe in Jesus as the Holy One of
GOD and to be reassured that all will be revealed to us – as GOD wills
it and when GOD wills it. How comforting
to know that Peter was right when he said
that Jesus brings the way to eternal life.

 
Lori Clark Robinson
Wife, Sister, Grammy, Animal Lover,
Community Advocate

 

 

Lenten Reflection for Thur 3/14/2013

Human Trafficking In Persons Report Map, 2009.

Human Trafficking In Persons Report Map, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Psalm am: 69
pm: 73 Jeremiah 22:13-23 Romans 8:12-27
John 6:41-51

 

But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on
shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion. —-Jeremiah 22:17

 

Hello? I said, Hello! Are you there, Johoaikim? Are you listening???
In this passage God is chastising the king of Judah for his flagrant
display of wealth acquired from the forced slave labor of those in his
kingdom and promises that, as a result, he will be thrown out of his
kingdom, be disgraced and punished with severe pain.
In fact, Johoaikim, and many others in our world today, have not
been listening to God. They continue to exploit others, using human
trafficking to store up wealth for themselves at the expense of other
people’s lives and dignity. Many of these victims are children who
suffer unspeakable acts at the hands of their oppressors. In spite of
the good example set by his father, who cared for the poor and
needy, and was blessed by God, those who choose not to listen will
eventually find themselves in Johoaikim’s shoes, abandoned and disgraced
for practicing their evil ways. Are you listening?

 
Karen Love
Educator, Preserver of Children’s Rights and Dignity,
Sea Life Lover, Puzzler

 

Lenten Reflection for Sat 3/9/2013

Man reading Psalms at the Western Wall. Jerusa...

Man reading Psalms at the Western Wall. Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine, March 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm am: 87, 90
pm: 136 Jeremiah 13:1-11 Romans 6:12-23
John 8:47-59

O Give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy
endureth for ever. —-Psalm 136:1

Psalm 136 is telling us about God’s never ending love. That because
of His love and mercy great things or miracles have occurred.

With wisdom He made the sky.                                                            He lets the sun rule each day.

In our daily lives we are sometimes bombarded with the negatives;
negative thoughts, negative people and negative images.
We forget to cherish and celebrate all the good that God has
provided. In this new phase of my life called retirement I remind
myself daily to acknowledge and appreciate the many
“miracles”, large and small, He has provided. The sun peaking
through the blinds in the morning, a husband and daughter who
have added a missing layer of intimacy or the new ability to
serve God through volunteerism.

He rescued us from our enemies.
God’s love never fails.

Laurie Burrs
wife, mother, retired teacher, scrabble player