Readings for 5th Sunday in Lent
Ezekiel 37.1-14,, Romans 8.6-11; and John 11:1-45
Wednesday 29 March
The local authority had spent considerable effort and money planting daffodil bulbs on the green at the centre of the circle bordered by the community shops at the heart of the village. One evening the beautiful and vivid yellow display was beaten down by trampling and hacking destruction. I recalled as a boy, brandishing a wooden sword, which my father had made for me, and similarly hacking down my grandmothers Iris’s, much to her vexation. I have to say, I don’t recall ‘having a tanned backside’ as my mother threatened, but I was at pains to point out they hadn’t been flowers they had been giants: I had had my own ‘Quixotic’ moment.
There is seeing and seeing: telling my science teacher in school that I was bored, brought the caustic comment that when a donkey looks at a great work of art, he doesn’t see much, but it’s not the fault of the artist. The beauty of the daffodils wasn’t seen, the gold filigree woven amongst the thread. My friend, the person in charge of the planting, rebuffed calls to concrete over the green, and replanted. I asked what he would do if the same happened again, he replied, ‘replant, replant, replant, until they see’.
Prayer: Lord, to set the mind on the flesh is death, to set the mind on your Spirit is life and peace. Help me to understand that to see through and beyond and into, is to grasp another reality indeed. Amen
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Thursday 21 December
The letter to Titus says, “The goodness and loving-kindness of God our Saviour appeared….” We will hear about the ‘Word becoming flesh’ but let us look with new eyes that regard the significance afresh. See that the ‘Word’ was the ‘goodness and loving-kindness of God’
This extended description was contain in the Christ-child, grew into the man who was to prove this ‘goodness and loving-kindness’ even to the cross, and sealed in his resurrection.
How are we to react to this trait of God found in Jesus. Coo at the baby in a manger and forget his presence on Boxing Day? Perhaps we are invited to find out a little more and work and pray daily to be a part of that ‘goodness and loving-kindness.’
Make me a channel of your peace, where there is hatred let me bring your love, where there is injury, your pardon Lord and where there’s doubt, true faith in you. Make me a channel of your peace, where there’s despair in life let me bring hope, where there is darkness, only light and where there’s sadness ever joy. Oh, master grant that I may never seek, so much to be consoled as to console to be understood as to understand. Amen
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Tuesday 13 December
My own children are all grown up now, I look back and think how unprepared we were for the arrival of our children.
We read the Old Testament foretelling of Mary’s desire to have her God with her, as Isaiah wrote: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”
God so close he will be called Emmanuel – God with us. Look out for a pram and a baby, if you are lucky enough to have hold of one – recognise Mary’s hope.
Jesus, God with us, the answer to my feelings of isolation from God. With you close may I find your peace though my prayers and actions this day. Amen
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Tuesday 6 December
In the middle of Summer, standing on the beach in bare feet the sand burns. One is reduced to hopping from foot to foot, seeking relief, until eventually managing to scrape off the surface layer of sand and uncover cooler damp sand underneath. And there is blessed relief. A wild dance of agony sinks into relaxation.
In our frantic preparations, in our mad shopping trips, in our keeping up with the neighbours let us focus again on he who comes to bring peace. Let us remind ourselves where our grounding lies.
“Our heart is restless until it finds its rest in you.” St Augustine.
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—Further details of the quote from St Augustine
Jesus, the answer to our frantic restlessness, may I find your peace though my prayers and actions this day. Amen
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Tuesday 22 December
Breathe slowly and let the tension flow out of you. Remember the ‘Prince of Peace’? We welcome him soon! Don’t let the differential between your angst and his peace be too large.
So with just hours to go, let there be some moments when you cease to be manic and let some calmness wash over you. Make life less complicated and welcome Jesus into your life and restfulness.
Friday 11th December
Two subjects of this week’s blog. Prophets and vigil.
The coming together of these two thought and I am minded of an Advent a number of years past. Call to anoint Milly as in her great age as she slipped towards her end. The vigil lasted a couple of days and well into each night. Bar the last hours Milly was intermittently awake and focussed to know her time was limited and who it was that sat with her.
We had spoken of these last moments and had an understanding that I would try and be with her. So her eyes would flutter and she would smile. Her last words told me not to worry that she was not frightened. For all her faults she told me God loved her and this was not an end but a beginning.
A prophetic vigil!
When she passed illness’ lines faded and Milly not only looked peaceful but quite joyous. I thought of her while writing yesterday’s thoughts down.
‘May she rest in peace and rise in glory.’ What she saw as her promise and slipped towards that one Advent season.
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Friday 2nd January 2015
Nine Ladies Dancing are representative of the nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
To follow up on yesterday’s thought, I wonder how you might define ‘blessed’? Paul reminds us that God has filled the Bible with promises for the changed person. He has given us promises that will never change and will always be there for the person who has changed through the power of Jesus Christ.
These promises we are to cleanse ourselves from all things of the past. We are to concentrate on habits which are grace laden. Allowing God to make us holy as we serve Him in respect and love.
Look for, pray for the ‘Ladies Dancing’!
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
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