John 4:46-54

March 10, 2009

So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where he had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. (John 4:46)
      Holy Spirit, please help us respond as this man did when members of our family are sick.

When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to him and implored him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. (John 4:47)
      Jesus, we implore you to come into our family life with your healing touch.

Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” (John 4:48 )
      Jesus, our faith is weak, help us believe the gospel and act on it.

The nobleman said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” (John 4:49)
      Jesus, come and touch our family members.

Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. (John 4:50)
      Father, this man took Jesus at his word and acted on it. Please help us do the same whenever Jesus speaks to us.

And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!” (John 4:51)
      Father, you sent your son into the world so that the world through him might believe; help us respond with belief as this man did.

Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household. This again is the second sign Jesus did when he had come out of Judea into Galilee. (John 4:52-54)
      Holy Spirit, please help us see the signs that Jesus is doing among us now.

      A word received: Pray for my justice and mercy for the Episcopal Church. Pray for hearts that are made new by my Holy Spirit. Pray for my purposes to triumph in the Episcopal Church.

Tuesday: 61, 62; Jeremiah 2:1-13; Romans 1:16-25; John 4:43-54
Wednesday: 72; Jeremiah 3:6-18; Romans 1:28-2:11; John 5:1-18

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Lent Quotes: John Donne – It is your sin, your own sin

March 10, 2009

You cannot excuse yourself by the unjust command of your superior; nor the ill example of your pastor, whose life counter-preaches his doctrine, for that shall aggravate his, but not excuse your sin; nor the influence of stars, or such a working of a necessary and inevitable and unconditioned decree of God as may obstruct a religious walking in this life, or a happy resting in the life to come. It is none of these, not the sin of your Father, not the sin of the present times, not the sin of your pastor, nor of destiny, nor of decrees, but it is your sin, your own sin.

John Donne (from A Time to Turn: Anglican Readings for Lent and Easter Week, Morehouse Publishing 2004).

hattip to Sanctus (where you can read the full excerpt, I have posted only a portion)

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