Tuesday 11 April
A washing of his friends’ feet, as if they were more important than He. On one hand menial and on the other it shows Jesus incarnation. He washed and dried and showed how we should be with one another, regardless of status or rank. Peter’s false modesty and great expectation of Jesus indicates something of our human frailty as we shy away from God’s gaze and yet desire encounters of his love and grace.
Question: Where will I seek opportunity to ‘wash’ someone else today?
Prayer: Lord, place in my way today someone in need, give me the opportunity to commit a random act of kindness. Amen
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Readings for 5th Sunday in Lent
Ezekiel 37.1-14,, Romans 8.6-11; and John 11:1-45
Friday 31 March
John 11:43, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ Come out of the dark, come out from the touch and stink of death, come out of the emptiness and shadow of the underworld into the light, into the air, and live. David, Simon, Susan, Brenda ……. Whoever you are, Jesus is calling you – come out from darkness into the light, emerge from the chrysalis like the beautiful, yet fragile butterfly and live……If only it were that easy, to ‘come out’ takes courage, it takes courage to open yourself and to trust that others won’t use your vulnerability and squash the emerging self. Come out & live, is different to come out & wish you could go back because you are afraid. It’s perfect, unconditional love that casts out fear & perfect, unconditional love is what we have to offer because it is what God in Jesus offers us. But, oh it’s hard – and our faltering failure injures others.
Prayer: Lord I know that coming out to freedom is costly. Grant me the grace and strength to hear your voice and follow you.
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Readings for 2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 12: 1-4a, Romans 4: 1-5; 13-17 and Matthew 3.1-12
Wednesday 8th March
In his Letter to the Romans Paul talks about the faith which keys in to the grace of God and saves us. The word faith has many connotations, it can simply mean a belief. The word faith is linked to the word faithful, and I am reminded of how a faithful dog of sticks with her owner. Or maybe a faithful husband or wife or friend who sticks up for you even when times are bad and difficult. We need to be full of faith – we need to be faithful. When God seems far away, when our belief wavers, when times test us, when people let us down, when unjust suffering strikes; then we need to stick with God, just as he sticks with us.
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Readings for 1st Sunday in Lent
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19; and Matthew 4: 1-11
Ash Wednesday 1 March
The observance of a holy Lent as recalled in the Ash Wednesday liturgy: “by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word.”
These are five options to develop our spirituality muscles this Lent. I think the five are linked to prayer and study. Either of the areas is a part of prayer and study or a direct result. So reading this Lenten study, praying before, during or after. Looking at something else; a film, some music, the News, a single book of the New Testament….. and react within yourself and for others beyond yourself.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, this Lent give me a portion of that grace to be obedient to your Spirit to heed your call and develop to be wiser in my love of you though and into others around me. Amen
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Wednesday 14 December
I remember, at various stages of my children’s lives, thinking what will they become.
In Mary we have someone who we are told stored up the events and images of Jesus as a baby, as a toddler and as a teenager into adulthood. Not recorded formally, but Jesus lived and grew and thrived.
And oh how Mary must have wondered!
Paul in his letter to the Romans to be read next Sunday wrote: ‘Through Christ we have received grace….’
This is one of the reasons Mary is revered, she saw and wondered. What perfect grace she received and was involved with on a personal level.
Help me Lord in the diversions of today, to find that the perfect gift is given as you are a part of our lives. I pray for grace sufficient for today and sufficient to share with others. Amen
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Wednesday 30 November
There is a poem written by Dorothy Law Nolte the full text can be found:
Full Version Of the Poem
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight…
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
In our reading next Sunday from Romans you can see the same theme, Paul writes about: ‘the God of steadfastness & encouragement’.
Question: What are the possibilities for us as children of God? What one possibility will I actively pursue & pray for today?
Lord Jesus with you behind and before us we can be God steadfastness and encourage to be who you would dream us to be. Give us such grace to fulfill that vision in us. Amen
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Monday 28 November
I’m not particularly an equine fan, but I seem to pick up a lot of information through the historical and fantasy books I read.
Horses were often ‘hobbled’ when away from stabling and the travellers were in open countryside. Unlike picketing, that ties up horses in a line with food and water readily available, hobbling allowed a horse to move around slowly and so graze at leisure,
but without full freedom.
Next Sunday’s collect: ‘Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us……, through our sins we are grievously hindered in running the race….’ The image is that our very humanity is hobbled, hindered by sin. The prayer is for God’s influence in
Question: Where in my life do I need ‘bountiful grace & mercy’ for ‘help & deliver(ance)’ .
Give me the grace at this time to offer you
those thing that I try to hide that often restrain
my humanity. May I have the will and the wit to
receive forgiveness and run free in your kingdom,
now and in the future. Amen.
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