So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this man is a sinner.” (John 9:24)
Lord, so many come with preconceived notions about who you are. Give them clarity of sight as you did this man who was blind and now sees.
He answered and said, “Whether he is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” (John 9:25)
Holy Spirit, thank you for this man’s faithful testimony about what Jesus has done for him. Help us to be faithful in our testimony.
Then they said to him again, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” Then they reviled him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples.” (John 9:26-28 )
Father, there are many who revile your faithful witnesses; help us continue to give our testimony in the face of all adversity.
“We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where he is from.” The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where he is from; yet he has opened my eyes! Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out. (John 9:29-34)
Holy Spirit, help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to be willing to learn from those who have actually experience your work in their lives.
Jesus, many are being driven from the Episcopal Church because of their love for you and their testimony; have mercy on us.
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen him and it is he who is talking with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped him. (John 9:35-38 )
Lord, I believe; help my unbelief. Thank you.
And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” (John 9:39)
Jesus, open the eyes of the blind in the Episcopal Church.
Then some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these words, and said to him, “Are we blind also?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains. “ (John 9:40-41)
Holy Spirit, help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church acknowledge their need for Jesus’ saving work in their lives. Bring the Presiding Bishop and those around her to repentance and conversion. Thank you.
A word received: Come to me.
Jan. 4: 85, 87 * 89:1-29; Joshua 3:14-4:7: Eph. 5:1-20: John 9:1-12,35-38
Jan. 5: 2, 110:1-5(6-7) * –; Jonah 2:2-9: Eph. 6:10-20: John 11:17-27,38-44
Eve of Epiphany: –: 29, 98; Isa. 66:18-23: Rom. 15:7-13
Notes from the Front Line
***** Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
Is your “hidden” primary concern for healing causing secondary issues, changing who you are, masking your very personality, and restricting your life? Seek Jesus the healer, through prayer and petition, to lead you to a place of grace and healing.
***** Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Prayers please Welcome Home Initiative Washington DC
Please pray for Fr. Tom M and the planing team of All Saints Chevy Chase MD tomorrow 10am for the first preparation meeting for the Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) Washington DC. This program is scheduled to run April 10-12, 2012 in the DC area. This WHI is for “Top Brass” military of the USA, the UK and Australia. The focus is on the Christian healing of Post-traumatic Stress (PTS) (used to be called PTSD the D for disorder has been dropped by the US military).
Please pray for the team, for a suitable venue, for funding, and for the powerful presence of the Lord.
Please pray for our team: Fr. Nigel Mumford, (Royal Marines Retired) The Rt. Rev. David Bena, (Col. US Marines and USAF) Col Noel Dawes (British Army retired), Sandra and a handful of volunteers.
Please pray that I may do a course in Power-Point. My talk will be put into power-point by a professional. I have never used power-point before! I normally just point a finger to the heavens and say, “That is where the power comes from!”
We have secured the US Navy’s brass band for the closing ceremony.
I am very excited about the “key note” speaker for the closing and will let you know who that is when is appropriate.
This will be WHI number 14.
Thank you so very much indeed for your prayers for this project. I will keep you posted… “WHI: Bringing Christ’s Healing Grace into the physical and emotional pain of trauma…”