Lent quotes: Living with a Holy Discontent, Thirsty for Tomorrow’s Wine

March 28, 2012

Hmmm.  I had no intention of posting 3 separate devotional entries this morning.  It just seems that all the blogs I’m browsing have posts on a similar theme – spiritual longing and living in the “not yet.”

Here’s an excerpt from today’s reflection at Godspace:

So therein lies our answer, somewhere between discontent and complacency is a third way, the way Jesus taught, the way which Paul imitated- a place characterized by contentment, but hallmarked by a holy discontent, a longing for the “not yet” that our Life in Christ promises to us. It is a strange tension that we are called to live within: to be content with our daily bread, but to be thirsty for tomorrow’s wine. It is in this indeterminate state that we live and move and breathe, until that final day when we finally share a table with the King of Kings and dine with Him for all eternity.

The full post is here

A prayer for when we crave seeing God’s power and healing

March 28, 2012

Pastor Scotty Smith’s latest prayer at his blog Heavenward, today, fits in very well with what I just posted below by Dean Munday about a longing for our eternal home. Scotty Smith’s prayer acknowledges his longing for perfect wholeness and healing and the challenge of trusting that God’s grace is enough in this life and this broken world.

I think it a very wise, honest and helpful prayer. I’ve been meditating a lot lately on God’s promise to teach and instruct the humble (see Ps 25) and the challenge not to lean on or trust my own understanding. Scotty Smith’s prayer is one of humility, acknowledging how little he understands of God’s ways and purposes, but yet committing himself to trusting in God’s goodness and perfection.

Here’s an excerpt:

Even as I pray with hope and assurance of these things to come, Jesus, I own the fact that I don’t understand the “already and not yet” of your healing ministry. Why, how, and when you choose to bring a foretaste of perfect health into the present state of our brokenness is up to you. I get that. You are the King who does all things well. You don’t need our permission to do anything. I admit the obvious, however, sometimes I wish I could simply pray our glorious future into so many right-now hard stories. But if you get more glory by giving sufficient grace instead of what I really want, I will seek to trust your wisdom and timing.

But, Lord Jesus, keep me free two extremes, with respect to praying for healing: keep me free from faith formulas that treat healing like an on-demand right; and keep me free from a theology that has zero expectation of your kingdom breaking in with power and healing.

As we get closer and closer to celebrating Easter, my heart piques with intense longing for more of your resurrection power to be evident in this day. More so than ever, I crave our eternity of perfect health and wholeness. Maranatha! Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly.

Go read it all.

Dean Munday: Living in this World Longing for Home

March 28, 2012

Dean Robert S. Munday of Nashotah House Seminary has an excellent reflection on his blog, about how we live in this world while longing for our true eternal home. It makes a good Lenten reflection.

Here’s an excerpt:

2. While we are here, we have to create sacred spaces for ourselves and others. We have to create spiritual “homes,” places that have been “prayed in”—where we and all who will join us can experience God in a deep and life-changing way. These are places of Word, Sacrament, prayer, music, liturgy, fellowship, and healing. They must be places of profound welcome and life-changing challenge—places of joy and excitement, and places of rich wholeness and deep peace.

3. In short, until we come to our heavenly home, we must be about the business of bringing our heavenly home to earth—both for ourselves and those who are only just awaking to the stirrings of a homeward call in their lives and are uncertain how to get there.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.

The full entry is here:

Lent Prayers: Grace to crucify every impure desire

March 28, 2012

I found this Methodist prayer (for the 5th Sunday in Lent) at Dale Tedder’s blog.

O Father of mercies, whose beloved Son was, as on this day, crucified for us, the just for the unjust, to bring us to thee: Give grace, we beseech thee, to every member of this family to look in faith upon that cross, and to crucify himself upon it to every impure desire and unchristian temper. May we learn in humble devotion to our Master’s service to deny ourselves daily, for his sake, and for one another’s sake, that we may follow him. Remove from us every corrupt and unfaithful affection. May we never be afraid to do right and never dare to do wrong. And so out of the good treasure of the heart may we ever be bringing forth good things to the praise and glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Book of Worship for Church and Home of The Methodist Church, 1965

2 Corinthians 3:1-6

March 28, 2012

Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; (2 Corinthians 3:1-2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be living letters showing forth your love and power.

clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. (2 Corinthians 3:3)
      Holy Spirit, write your word on the tablets of our hearts.

And we have such trust through Christ toward God. (2 Corinthians 3:4)
      Jesus, let our trust of you lead us to your Father day by day.

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, (2 Corinthians 3:5)
      Father, thank you that the ministry you give us through your Spirit does not depend on our own strength or goodness, but on yours.

who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (2 Corinthians 3:6)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for making all of us (lay people, bishops, priests, and deacons) sufficient to do the work you have set out for us to do. Help us daily minister in your love and power and not in legalism or our own strength. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for the river of my Spirit.

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Exod. 7:8-24: 2 Cor. 2:14-3:6: Mark 10:1-16
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 140, 142; Exod. 7:25-8:19: 2 Cor. 3:7-18: Mark 10:17-31

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of      the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Sadly, I meet many people who somehow think they are self imprisoned for what ever reason. The sentence; self judgment. It is as if some people are hanging onto the vertical bars of a jail wall. Now, here’s the thing. Look to your left, look to your right, look behind you. No walls! So, let go of the bars and walk away… Now you are free indeed. Jesus came to set the captives free. “Therefore there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. ” Romans 8:1

Albany Intercessor

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