Give God Your Pain.

Once upon a time we had a beautiful pet—a black Cocker Spaniel named Reina.  One day she was sleeping in the driveway, blending into the dark pavement.  Our son didn’t see her as he backed his car right over her.  Since she was small and lying right in the middle, the car only touched her a tiny bit and she was OK.

What if our son had killed our beloved pet and we kept hammering him with, “It’s all your fault!  It’s all your fault!”  How terrible he would have felt.

Even though Job was not responsible for the awful things that happened to him and his family, his nasty friends kept pounding him with, “It’s all your fault!”  Job turns to God, pleading that God comfort him in his great pain.

God waits for you to give God all the pain in your life.  Keep turning to God when you feel sad and frightened.  Be a real friend to someone you know who is suffering.

   Job 17:3-9

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Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”

 

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Leading Others to God

Something about sheep: they are not very bright.  They tend to wander away; shepherds have to be very alert to keep the flock together.

Jeremiah warns about kings that have been bad shepherds.  They have led the people astray. Jeremiah warms that the people will be captured by the rulers of countries around them. God’s people, like captured sheep will be led away into exile.

There’s hope.  A time will come when a wonderful, loving and generous shepherd will guide God’s people.  Jeremiah’s words so remind us of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. 

Many people today wander about like lost sheep.  You be their shepherd.  By acting with love and kindness, you can lead people to know God.

 Jeremiah 23:2-6 

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Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.

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The Bell in the Silence

“You can’t take it with you.”  This saying means that nothing we have on earth goes with us into heaven when we die.  I had a very funny uncle that requested to have his checkbook buried with him when he died: “Just in case you CAN take it with you!”

One thing about Jesus: he is very clear and direct when he speaks about the things of heaven and those of earth.  Today’s reading is especially strong, inviting us to think very deep. His words ring like a bell in the silence.

When we give someone we love a gift from the heart, the joy and love we receive in return is greater than the gift itself.  Take this all the way to God.  We when give our lives in love and service of Jesus, the love that God has for us flows back into us with great energy.  May the words of Jesus ring just like a bell in the silence; O how we listen! 

Mark 8:31-38

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The Sunday Gospels follow the Revised Common Lectionary.
This being Year B, we are dedicated in this season to the Gospel of Mark.

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