Honesty

Monday – The Prophets
Jeremiah 10—12

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The people of Jeremiah’s time had lost a sense of the power of God, placing more confidence in idolatry. Pray that words of the prophet will break you free from any brands of idolatry in your life.

Have a page of your journal open. Make a list of what the Spirit brings to your awareness as manifestations in your own life of what Jeremiah is preaching. What are your fears and worries that may be symptoms that your faith in the power of God is weakening in the face of temptation? Be honest …courageously honest. Feel the links that connect you with these people seven centuries before Christ.

Chapters 11 and 12 contain two of six personal laments of the prophet. They have Job-like power and beauty. How would you express laments about your own personal losses?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
There is none like you, O Lord. 10:6
You the One who formed all things 10:16
Correct me, Lord, with justice. 10:24
You in my mouth and my heart 12:2

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Seeing Jesus

Sunday – The Gospels from the Lectionary
John 9:1–41

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In the time of the early church, anyone who confessed Jesus as Lord was expelled from the Temple and the local synagogues. Those beloved walls would no longer embrace the ones who had embraced Jesus. There would be no more pilgrimages to Jerusalem for them!

Herein lies the significance of the account of “The Man Born Blind.” Here too is that irony that threads its way through John’s Gospel. The miracle of being able to see for the first time since birth contrasts with the blindness of those who arrogantly claim to see, but who are in fact, blind.

May you be enriched by the confession of the blind man given the gift of sight by faith. No longer are the Pharisees there, “expelled” from Jesus’presence by their disbelief. Remain with the blind man and Jesus. What is happening to you as you share this silent, loving space together?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Jesus the light of the world. v. 5
“Then I washed, and now I see.” v. 15
Worshipping and obeying v. 31
I believe and I adore. v. 38

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The Gift of Discernment

Saturday – The Torah
Leviticus 12:1—13:28

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You will be familiar with this ordinance of God from St. Luke’s account of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:22 ff). Jesus submits to the regulations of the Law in order to go beyond it. Jesus IS the Law and the Temple itself.

The priest is the one who diagnoses leprosy. This comes from the anointing for discernment outlined in the reading of last Saturday, Lev. 10:9-11.

Pray to the Lord that you be given the gift of discernment. We are intended to tell the difference between what is clean and unclean in all aspects of life. We also need to discern the spiritual spaces of those with whom we associate, at the same time, never judging.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Offering my self to You 12:1ff
Christ is atonement for me. 12:8
Heal me, Lord, and make me whole. 13:1ff
Cleanliness and Godliness

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read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
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The New Wine

Friday – The Gospels
John 2

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Six heavy, earthen urns sit awkwardly; ashamedly empty in the midst of the energy of a wedding feast. Six—number of incompleteness. The wine of the old law has been consumed. Place yourself there. Stand next to the mother of Jesus and listen to her instruction: “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

Does your life sometimes feel as one of those empty urns—empty, heavy, waiting to be filled? The bridegroom is with you right now as you enter into this sacred passage. Open yourself to be filled. Let all that is old in you yield to the New Wine that the Spirit of Jesus is ready and longing to pour into your heart.

The glory moves from the wedding to the Temple. Jesus overturns the tables of that place where the glory used to be, but is no longer. Is there anything in your life that needs to be to overturn?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Doing whatever You say v.5
My empty soul filled with God v. 6
The good wine kept until now v. 11
Zeal for Your house consuming v. 17

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Waves of Glory

Thursday – The New Testament
Ephesians 3

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Picture the prison walls where Paul writes this letter. Go there. Enter the heart of this great apostle. The personal joy he shares overflows beyond the walls of his cell. Nothing on an external level can take away this joy.

Let it be the same for you. Whatever may be pressing about you, holding you hostage, inner freedom is being offered you at this very moment. To experience this, take each phrase of glory in this chapter and let it turn your “prison cell” into a prayer cell—a space of energy that launches you into total freedom, beyond all that would hold you captive.

Nothing need change in your circumstances. Only your heart needs to be open to free, transforming grace.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
The boundless riches of Christ v. 8
Confidence through faith in You v. 12
Rooted and grounded in love v. 17
Filled with the fullness of God v. 19

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Pilgrim-Joy

Wednesday – The Psalms
Psalm 122

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Excitement irrupts from the back seat of the car: Are we there yet? The child simply cannot wait any longer to arrive at the longed-for destination. A similar holy anxiety fills the mass of marchers on their way to Jerusalem. They see the beloved city part of the crowd is already there.

A focus on Jerusalem—this is what sustains the joy of the pilgrim. While we are moving toward Jerusalem and Holy Week, the spiritual realities celebrated there are already present within you and within the church, the New Jerusalem. The One that you are seeking as the goal in your life is already walking with you on your journey. Recall the chorus of the 1913 hymn by C. Austin Miles, “In the Garden.” “And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own.”

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Going inward to Your house v. 1
Feet standing within Your gates v. 2
Giving thanks to the Lord’s name v. 4
Praying peace upon the world v. 6

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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
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When Love Is Absent

Tuesday – The Hebrew “Writings”

Job 6—8

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Though Job is filled with immense pain, anguish, and anger, there is beauty in the poetry that flows from his mouth.

Paul’s words from 1 Corinthians 8:1 apply to the attitude of Job’s friends: “Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.” Love, not knowledge, is greater than evil. All the truth in the world, without love, amounts to nothing—amounts to evil. The absence of love allows evil to rush into the vacuum created. In all of Bildad’s judgmental words about Job and his wrongs, Bildad fails to see the arrogance of evil imbedded in his own loveless heart.

If you were to write or cry out the current “chapter” in your life just as Job does in his, how would the words flow? Will you trust the Lord and pour out your heart in prayer, sharing with the Lord how you feel about all aspects of your life?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Never withholding kindness 6:14
Teach me: I will be silent. 6:24
Lord, be pleased to look at me. 6:28
Recalling: life is a breath 7:7

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