Meditation — February 19, 2018

Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018

Scripture:  . . . a blind beggar was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth , he began to shout and cry out, “Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.” And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, “Son of David have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.”  So they called the blind man over. “Courage,” they said, “get up; he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus. Then, Jesus spoke, “What do you want me as saved you.” And at once his sight restored and he followed him along the road. Mark 10:46-52
Prayer: Oh, I have been that blind man, sitting on the side of the road. Then, the Lord inspired me to recognize the wisdom of the words spoken to me from across a table, sense the depth of a spouse’s love, relish the love of family and friends, seek the Lord’s support in times of trial, and to be at peace in the stillness of prayer.
Response: Yes, you have been the blind beggar sitting at the side of the road, puzzled, asking “what’s this all about” when life events didn’t unfold as expected. You find yourself at times on the side of the road even now, but you recognize His direction with less delay, though the disorientation could conceivably be just as perplexing were it not for your recognition of the Lord’s overwhelming grace and healing.
This is the season to recognize His healing in all aspects of your life and in the lives of loved ones, and to give thanks.
Pause  in the stillness of the morning and view the gentle rain falling upon the canal before you, and offer your prayers for those overwhelmed with sorrow, and pray that His healing touch is especially directed this moment to them as Jesus directed his attention to the once blind beggar. […]

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Meditation — February 16, 2018

Posted on Friday, February 16th, 2018

Scripture: You knew me through and through, my being held no secrets from you, when I was being formed in secret, textured in the depths of the earth. Your eyes could see my embryo. In your book all my days were inscribed, every one that was fixed is there. How hard for me to grasp your thoughts, how many, God, there are! If I count them, they are more than the grain of sands; if I come to an end, I am still with you. Psalm (of David) 139:14-18
Prayer: One thousand years before Christ, David wrote these anointed words that inspire me this morning as I gaze at the water rushing past me into the canal. What a gift to be known so intimately by the Lord and in the stillness to give thanks and adoration. Every concern, every aspiration, every responsibility in whatever circumstances, all are known in present time by a loving God.
Reflection: That is the bounty of stillness in prayer—removed from the noise of the media—you are in the same stillness in which David remains to encourage you in your pursuit of an all-loving God. He is no stranger to you as He was present from your birth to now; what a journey you have and are on!
Each day unfolds, filled with discoveries that relate to loved ones, friends, and strangers for whom you pray. The water flowing before your window represents the years, challenges, loves, encounters on your journey; the flow represents that the journey continues as vibrant as when you first discovered the swiftness of life in travel and challenges to meet.
Pray this day for those who do not yet take even a moment to pause and realize the presence of the Lord in all—yes all—circumstances. Pray for those enduring the unthinkable that they be comforted with His enduring love. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — February 15, 2018

Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Scripture: What benefit to anyone is it to win the whole world and forfeit or lose his very self?’ Luke 9:25
Prayer: I am distracted by the horrific killing in the Florida high school. I wonder what I can be or do to lessen the evil of the perpetrator’s actions.
Response:  The question you should ask yourself is how can you contribute to the healing of the community involved and the wider community of the nation? First, you should not become servile to the media which will feed you every detail and opinion and repeat the same for days and weeks. Instead, turn your attention to those immediately involved and the nation at large in prayer.
Examine quietly the disturbed nature of the perpetrator in pray and pray for his redemption, as well as for those who were caught in the violence quiet innocently. Those who have survived will carry this burden within for the rest of their lives—pray for them. Reject those who will use the event to advance their own agenda—especially if it is political.  Use this time to voice your thoughts, strengthened by prayer to a wider audience.
Pray deeply for all—yes all—involved, and listen deeply to the Lord for His guidance. Praise God!
All for today.

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Meditation — February 13, 2018

Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Scripture: And a cloud came, covering (the apostles and Jesus) in a shadow; and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.” Then suddenly, when they looked around, they saw no one with them anymore but only Jesus. Mark 9:7-8
Prayer: How often have I been wrapped in a shadow and heard a voice within, “Listen to Him.” And inevitably the cloud of doubt lifted.
Reflection: That cloud which the apostles experienced can also envelop you on a long drive, alone gazing off to the horizon from a desolate beach, sitting back in your chair after writing of a past experience. If your hearing is especially tuned you will hear a voice just below the surface in your consciousness, “Listen to Him,” and your attention is riveted.
“Listen to Him,” and employ who you are and becoming to acknowledge the Lord. It may be by releasing a wide smile, writing a word or thought that comes to you  spontaneously,  praying for a loved one in need, forgiving one, or two, who have caused you pain, or begging forgiveness for the pain that you have caused.
“This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him.” Take a moment today to reflecting on these anointed words, allowing the words to energize you in your interaction with those in your midst. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — February 12, 2018

Posted on Monday, February 12th, 2018

Scripture: My brothers, consider it a great joy when trials of many kinds come upon you, for you well know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance, and perseverance must complete its work so that you will become fully developed, complete, not deficient in any way. James 1:2-4
Prayer: Impending rain—writing in the gloom of early morning, while I am silent and reflective. Perseverance took hold of me while studying Classical Greek and Latin in high school, as a member of the crew team where I learned physical perseverance, in grief where I had to shed self and embrace a deeper truth.
Response: The length of the word perseverance gives you a hint of its power and healing once embraced. In your youth you learned the physical aspects and the mind benefits; later you absorbed the heart benefits of His healing.
Perseverance is a hard-won focus and determination through which the Lord’s grace and love and healing rain on you as the impending rain of this morning will flood over you.
The lord’s rain and healing reaches you even now in the gloom of morning and causes you to become even more conscious of the Lord’s presence in your life, and His love will be especially manifest to you this day. Praise the Lord!
All for this morning.

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