Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. (John 6:16-17)
Jesus, please help us in those times when we have to travel in the dark and you are not obviously with us.
Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. (John 6:18 )
Jesus, we are in troubled times with rough seas and the wind is blowing against us.
So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. (John 6:19)
Holy Spirit, help us recognize Jesus when he comes to us in the storm.
But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” (John 6:20)
Jesus, I offer my fear to you.
Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going. (John 6:21)
Father, please help every parish in this diocese willingly welcome Jesus in among them.
On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone–however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks–when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?” Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” (John 6:22-27)
Jesus, we cannot live by bread alone: we depend on every word that comes from your mouth.
For He will deliver the needy when he cries, The poor also, and him who has no helper. He will spare the poor and needy, And will save the souls of the needy. He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; And precious shall be their blood in His sight. (Psalm 72:12-14)
Come soon, Lord Jesus,, and provide for the poor and needy in the land. Take away oppression and violence from among us and give us your peace. Thank you.
Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things! (Psalm 72:18 )
LORD God, we bless you and thank you for all the wondrous things you have done among us.
Holy Trinity, one God, I worship you and I praise you. Thank you for coming into my life.
A word received: Hope in me. I AM able.
Jan. 3: 68 * 72; 1 Kings 19:9-18: Eph. 4:17-32: John 6:15-27
Jan. 4: 85, 87 * 89:1-29; Joshua 3:14-4:7: Eph. 5:1-20: John 9:1-12,35-38
Notes from the Front Line
***** Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
Park your car a few spaces further away each week. Walk a bit more. Take the stairs, not the elevator. Get up out of your chair during the commercials. Try standing during a meeting. Take a walk at lunch. Walk to a church and say a prayer. Move your body this week…this month, this year. Move your mind closer to God…