Meditation — November 12, 2017

Posted on Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Scripture: Then (Jesus) turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.  Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she has loved much. But he who have been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven” Luke 7:44-48
Prayer:  I am unwinding from a busy weekend of travel. In preparing for a Sunday school lesson, I came upon the scripture selection which emphasizes Jesus’ forgiveness. The lesson began with Garth Brooks singing Friends in Low Places to remind us that Jesus had and has friends in low places. Create in me a listening heart.
Reflection: You are caught speechless with Jesus’ query, Do you see this woman? How often have you glanced over the emotional tumult before you as a scene too difficult to comprehend? Jesus exemplified how you are to respond to the hurt in your midst. You have been graced by the opportunity to live in regions of the world where suffering is perhaps more evident that where you reside; however, it may come as a surprise to you, but the suffering is just as intense, only more carefully disguised.
The question for you to keep  before you is, do you see what is before you from the silent eyes that pass you, and are you prepared to respond to the needs that are not expressed by those suffering? It is like being given your scroll at a graduation ceremony, and then opening it to read—be alert for the person in need that you encounter.
Beginning with those in your immediate surroundings, and then expanding your peripheral vision to […]

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Meditation — November 9, 2017

Posted on Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Scripture: “Come let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah 1:18-20
Prayer: On this dreary, chilly day, I am looking over the canal. I see the lights of the home opposite me, the rest are clothed in darkness.  This is a perfect setting to come before the Lord—perhaps, not to reason, but rather to listen.
Response: What a blessed setting—to listen, even reason together with the Lord. There are no distractions for you as well as you might be envious of those who have the constant presence of family around the table. So what are you hearing in the silence that you might not have heard so many years ago in the turmoil of your life then?
Perhaps, a more appropriate question is what are you to do or be in the silence of your home? Surely, you agree that never in your youth or later were you so inclined to listen to that holy whisper that surrounds you and invades the inner sanctum of your heart and prayer.
Focus this afternoon on the anointed words if Isaiah—your sins shall be made as white as snow and as warm and soft as wool in the healing grace of the Lord. Spend some time praising the Lord for His boundless love in your life and in the lives of loved ones.
All for today.
Note: I will be traveling tomorrow and will resume the meditations on Sunday.

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Meditation — November 8, 2017

Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Scripture: “But seek f:irst (the Father’s) kingdom and His righteousness, and all things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6-33-34
Prayer: In rifling through my pockets this morning, I came upon a handwritten note to myself with Matthew’s words. I can’t even remember what prompted me to copy the words on the scribbled piece of paper. Have in jest I think that maybe I didn’t write it!
Response: In the rhythm of this day—even a rainy, chilly day like the present, there are clues of the Lord’s presence that you could hardly miss. Come to realize that the Lord makes Himself present to you wherever you are throughout the day, and as you can recall His message has been especially dramatic in your life at times of great suffering.
Today, you are a recipient of just such a message—like a note, phone call, or text that you receive from a loved one, which causes you to pause from whatever you were doing as you turn your attention to that loved one. You are blessed to receive the note today, but even more so that it caused you to be still in the Lord’s love and grace.
Aren’t you prompted to send a short note—perhaps, writing “I love you” to someone who especially precious to you for the love you share. The wider circle of love you share and those who bless you with their love. Consider, finally, that those you bless with your love just might be moved to do the same within their circle. Realize that in doing so, you all are seeking first the Kingdom of God and all of you are truly blessed. Praise God.
All for today.

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Meditation 17, 2017

Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Scripture: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:333-24
Prayer: When was the time that pursuit of the kingdom and his righteousness began to take over my living consciousness? Surely, it was not when I was a young man so intent on proving myself—whatever that means. Keep me Lord from being distracted by the tomorrows and those that follow.
Reflection: Yes, it has taken some years for you to be in the present—in the present for those who need your attention, for the tasks—especially the creative tasks that are before you, for loved ones and friends who seek attention, for your own spiritual harmony that requires focus.
Today, like any day, offers you the challenge for the focus on the divine which incidentally orders your moments for becoming transformed in the Lord’s grace. And you will notice the shift in your priorities when you welcome and embrace the transformation in your innermost being.
Consider the transformation that occurs within you by adhering to Matthew’s anointed words—seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Remember the Lord is always, yes always, present to you wherever you are and whatever challenges you or loved ones are addressing. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — November 6, 2017

Posted on Monday, November 6th, 2017

Scripture: For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all. Doxology: Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out. “Who have known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:32-36
Prayer: It was a magnificent early morning on the sand as I observed two surfers some distance from shore waiting for the perfect wave to bring them to the shore. At home, I reflect upon the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God.
Response: Indeed, you have experienced the Lord’s mercy throughout your life—and it continues. His mercy is as consistent and full of His grace, especially when you are weary and lose momentarily your orientation alone at times in the shadows of uncertainty.
Yet, your weariness seems momentary when you consider the wisdom, knowledge, and inspiration that overwhelms you and is simply not of your own doing. Yes, the Lord inspires your actions and thoughts and intentions even in the depth of a long life.
Give acknowledgement to the Lord’s grace in the actions and prayers you undertake this day, especially for those who count this day as just another day, no more unique than the previous, though the whisper of the Lord’s breath around you is so distinguishable. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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