Meditation — November 20, 2017

Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

Scripture: Then the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 26:16-20
Prayer: I am sitting quietly, after walking down to the beach in the chill air and the bright sun. Without too much difficulty, I put myself in the midst of those sitting on that mountain listening to Jesus’ final words. If I were with the disciples, I too would have been speechless trying to absorb His words and the events witnessed those last days, and in a sense I am not too far removed from them as I try to absorb what Jesus proclaimed for my life today.
Response: Walking to the beach daily and then returning to your home to reflect upon His word put you in the same state of heart as the disciples. A question that surely came to each present was “what’s next.” And that is your question as you prepare to move in your community and beyond.
Have you yet realized that Jesus’ commission delivered to His disciples is your commission as well, and the words are as alive as when Jesus spoke them over two thousand years ago?
Spend some time this day on the last words—“And surely I am with you always, to the every end of the age.”  Discover His presence with you today, and be as surprised as the disciples when they discovered Jesus still in their presence long after his ascension. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — November 17, 2017

Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017

Scripture: One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he designated apostles. Luke 6:12-13
Prayer: On the beach this morning, I viewed a wind-tossed fishing vessel  at anchor a considerable distance from the shore, and behind me I could hear the shotgun blasts from the duck hunters on the bay—and I thought my day began early! The flow of the water on the canal before my window, seeing the American flag in the breeze on the home opposite, all contribute to my awareness of the activity and movement that surrounds me. Lord, let me continue to take time out to reflect upon Your presence in my life—in the early morning stillness and in the interaction with loved ones.
Response: Though you do not have a mountain-side in the vicinity, the swirl of the surf will do. Notice  how then your heart is inclined to consider and pray for those in need, and for your loved ones who surround you in spirit as if you are all walking in the sand to the edge of the ocean. Consider how often during the day you have contact—sometimes unexpected—with someone you cherish, and how your heart longs to connect with a friend that appears unreachable.
And so, in scripture you read that Jesus had his alone time in prayer to the Father, and then came down off the mountain to choose the twelve, one of whom did not fulfill the Lord’s promise for him. But perhaps, Judas serves as a necessary reminder of your responsibility to remain steadfast and loyal, and not think that your actions are predetermined.
Today, consider this the new day that it is—you are coming off the mountain after being with the Lord in prayer. What will make this day unique in the way you exhibit the Lord’s love with each person—yes, each person—you encounter. At the end of the day, reflect […]

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Meditation — November 16, 2017

Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Scripture: For Wisdom is a breath of the might of God and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled can enter into her. For she is the reflection of eternal light, the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of his goodness. Although she is one, she can do all things, and she renews everything while herself perduring; passing into holy souls from age to age, she produces friends of God and prophets. For God loves nothing so much as the one who dwells with Wisdom. For she is fairer than the sun and surpasses every constellation of the stars. Book of Wisdom 7:25- 30
Prayer: I have labored many minutes over these scripture verses as I am not familiar with the Book of Wisdom. So I finally sat back and let the inspiration of the words touch me where I am.
Response:  Read over the first line and allow the anointed words touch you—For Wisdom is a breath of the might of God and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty. Is that not what you experience in the silence of prayer, whether breathed in the early morning or late at night after a busy and demanding day?
A reflection of eternal light that never ceases to hold you spell-bound and still, causing you to recall those eternal moments of experience that refresh you regardless of the turmoil you are experiencing. Yes, she is fairer than the rising sun and at night causes the stars to fade in her presence.
Offer today in your prayers this incite for your loved ones, those encountering violence throughout the world,  and those in need for which they are not responsible—especially the orphans. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — November 15, 2017

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Scripture: Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us.” When he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to give praise to God except this foreigner?”  Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:11-19
Prayer: Oh, how I pray to be as conscious as the Samaritan, and that I also return in prayer to thank the Lord for His healing, discovered in the deepest recesses of my heart, as well as in the hearts of loved ones, and those who wander about in doubt.
Reflection: Consider how many times you discover healing in response to your prayers for yourself and loved ones—whether it was physical, emotional, relationship issues, or loss. Were such revelations any less profound than the Samaritan’s experience? Follow the healed Samaritan back to his family and community as he witnessed his healing and Jesus’ touch.
See yourself as one is has been healed at the very core of your being; sense your healing as never ending, but refreshing, empowering you with the Lord’s grace in all seasons of your life, causing you to meet any challenge or setback with the Samaritan’s awareness and witness.
Pray deeply today for those who might still not be aware of the Lord’s healing touch in their lives. Praise God!
All for today.

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Meditation — November 13, 2017

Posted on Monday, November 13th, 2017

Scripture: Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139 (of David):23-24
Prayer: In a light rain I stood at the edge of the desolate beach this morning just after dawn, my eyes fixed on a solitary fishing vessel about a mile out motoring north. For a moment, I was on that craft heading somewhere with friends and loved ones as we exchanged gentle thoughts. Now, I sit before my window viewing a mass of seagulls swooping through my field of vision above the canal as the rain steadies.
Response: How many vessels—so to speak—have you traveled over these many years! Consider how you still recall travel with friends and loved ones who have long passed, as now you plan and embark on future journeys of the heart.
In all of life’s wonder, your God searches you. He knows your most anxious thoughts. He guides you in your prayer as you negotiate the life trail, which is significantly more challenging than trudging, as you did, on a trail in the Himalayas so many years ago. At least, you learned then—and the knowledge has stayed with you to travel light and to the extent possible be unfettered by worry or anxious thoughts.
Devote some time today in prayer especially for loved ones who yet do not understand the journey upon which you are embarked, and perhaps their own journey as well. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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