My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? (Psalm 42:2)
Jesus, there is a hunger and a thirst for more of you that never goes away. I gaze at your likeness each morning and desire more of you.
My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” (Psalm 42:3)
Jesus, I cry out to you for those who do not know you and can only mock. Help them know you. Protect the hearts of your little ones from their mockery.
When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. (Psalm 42:4)
Jesus, I remember the times of refreshment in the past and the joy of your abiding presence when we worshiped you. Holy Spirit, come and be with us again in power. Thank you.
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise him for the help of His countenance. (Psalm 42:5)
Father, we hope in your love and mercy. Please come and reveal yourself to your people.
O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon, from the Hill Mizar. (Psalm 42:6)
Jesus, when we remember your promises and we look at the church today, we are often discouraged; revive and restore us soon in your mercy.
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of your waterfalls; all your waves and billows have gone over me. (Psalm 42:7)
Father, we are often tossed about by events, by wars and rumors of wars; help us hold steady in you.
The Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me — a prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42:8 )
Jesus, thank you for your lovingkindness and for songs of hope in the night season.
A word received: You thank me for pruning you; I AM giving you new fruit through that.
Saturday: 42, 43; Exodus 10:21-11:8; 2 Corinthians 4:13-18; Mark 10:46-52
Palm Sunday: 103; Zechariah 9:9-12; 1 Timothy 6:12-16; Zechariah 12:9-11,13:1,7-9; Luke 19:41-48
Notes from the Front Line
***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, March 24, 2010, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Deacon Neal Longe
+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
Today was a very slow day outside. There were many people who passed by, but only two stopped for prayer.
+ Daryl: This guy really started things off on a great note. When I asked how I could pray for him he said. Let’s pray just to pray. You don’t hear that very often, but we prayed just to pray. We thanked God for who He is and that he is doing in our lives.
+Jane: On her way to work for 10 hours. Prayed for a good shift and a safe trip to and from work.
The Rev. Neal P. Longe
***** Meditation by Deacon Howard Smith at Christ Church Schenectady, Friday, March 26, 2010.
Thirsty at the Well – “I thirst.”
March 26, 2010
Readings from the Word of the Lord.
“I thirst.” (John 19)
As a deer longs for the water-brooks,
So longs my soul for you, O God.
My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God;
When shall I come to appear before the presence of God? (Psalm 42:1-3 BCP)
In their hunger you gave them bread from heaven and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock; you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand to give them. (Nehemiah 9:15 NIV)
In my vision, the man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple. There I saw a stream flowing east from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the right of the altar on its south side. The man brought me outside the wall through the north gateway and led me around to the eastern entrance. There I could see the water flowing out through the south side of the east gateway.
Measuring as he went, he took me along the stream for 1,750 feet and then led me across. The water was up to my ankles. He measured off another 1,750 feet and led me across again. This time the water was up to my knees. After another 1,750 feet, it was up to my waist. Then he measured another 1,750 feet, and the river was too deep to walk across. It was deep enough to swim in, but too deep to walk through.
He asked me, “Have you been watching, son of man?” Then he led me back along the riverbank. When I returned, I was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the river. Then he said to me, “This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea. The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure. There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows. 10 Fishermen will stand along the shores of the Dead Sea. All the way from En-gedi to En-eglaim, the shores will be covered with nets drying in the sun. Fish of every kind will fill the Dead Sea, just as they fill the Mediterranean. But the marshes and swamps will not be purified; they will still be salty. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.” (Ezekiel 47:1-12 NLT)
“You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me.
I will make you a light to the Gentiles,
and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6 NLT)
Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ (John 7:37b-38 ESV)
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58 ESV)
“I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven. (Mark 14:62 ESV)
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall not thirst.” (John 6:35 ESV)
So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.” (John 6:53-58 NLT)
The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe. (John 6:63b-64a)
I am poured out like water;
all my bones are out of joint; *
my heart within my breast is melting wax.
My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd;
my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *
and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
Packs of dogs close me in,
and gangs of evildoers circle around me; *
they pierce my hands and my feet;
I can count all my bones. (Psalm 22:14-16 BCP)
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:28-30 NIV)
They will never again be hungry or thirsty;
they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.
For the Lamb on the throne[c]
will be their Shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:16-17 NLT)
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said, “I thirst.”