Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Thought for Wednesday June 20


Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
How great is the goodness, O LORD,
which you have in store for those who fear you,
And which, toward those who take refuge in you,
you show in the sight of the children of men.
Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

Matthew 6: 1 – 6, 16 – 18  Jesus said to his disciples:…  When you give alms… When you pray… When you fast…

Is Jesus assuming too much saying “when” instead of “if”?  When do I give alms, pray and fast?

Action:  Give alms, pray and fast.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Thought for Tuesday June 19


Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.


Matthew 5: 43 – 48  Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
 
Am I persecuted?  Do I pray for my enemies - sincerely?

Action:  Do something a little bit loving for someone who is more enemy than neighbor – even if he doesn’t know it.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thought for Monday June 18

Lord, listen to my groaning.
At dawn I bring my plea expectantly before you.
For you, O God, delight not in wickedness;
no evil man remains with you;
the arrogant may not stand in your sight.
Lord, listen to my groaning.

Matthew 5: 38 – 42  Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.”

Am I at peace with Jesus’ words here?   Do I focus more on the evil outside of me, or the evil within?

Action:  Find a way to respond to the evil in your community without getting pulled into it. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thought for Friday June 15


I long to see your face, O Lord.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD. 
I long to see your face, O Lord.

1 Kings 19: 9 - 16  But the word of the LORD came to him, "Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by."
A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD— but the LORD was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake— but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake there was fire—but the LORD was not in the fire.
After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.
When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, "Elijah, why are you here?"

How does God talk to me?  How would I answer God if he asked me why I was there?

Action:  Look for God in the big moments and the small ones.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Thought for Thursday June 14


It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.
You have crowned the year with your bounty,
and your paths overflow with a rich harvest;
The untilled meadows overflow with it,
and rejoicing clothes the hills.
It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.

Matthew 5: 20 – 26  You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment,

Do I see a lot of anger in the world/people around me?   What do I get angry about?

Action: The next time you get angry or annoyed about something (politics, economy, clothing styles, music, other drivers), do something nice for someone.