Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1)
Thank you for that great cloud of witnesses who speak to us today, Jesus. Help us daily lay aside every burden of sin and accept the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit. Help us run with endurance the race you have set before us.
Holy Spirit, please help us daily encourage our brothers and sisters who are also running the race. We pray for them and for us to have enduring strength from you to finish the race.
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
Father, please help us daily look to Jesus to bring us to mature faith and trust in you. Thank you for all that you were willing to ask him to endure for our sakes. Help us in our day to embrace his cross and despise the shame so that we may join him and you at your throne. Thank you.
A word received: Keep looking to me for daily strength.
Ash Wednesday; 95 & 32, 143; *; 102, 130; Jonah 3:1-4:11; Heb. 12:1-14; Luke 18:9-14
HC: 103 or 103:8-14; Joel 2:1-2,12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6,16-21
Thursday: 37:1-18; *; 37:19-42; Deut. 7:6-11; Titus 1:1-16; John 1:29-34
Notes from the Front Line
***** Gentlemen, have you been cave dwelling lately?
Ladies are you fed up with your spouse hiding in his cave?
John 11:43 writes, “When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
I would humbly suggest, (insert you name here ) come out, of your cave!
Gentlemen, we are not cave dwellers any more!
PS. Actually, I am writing this as a, “Note to self!” (my wife had Ma Bell install a phone in my cave!) Have a great day. No… have a great life.
~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+