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A Fine Line

Thank You for our talk this morning, Father. I needed that time of quiet interaction. May I be sensitive to Your presence throughout all the many tasks of this day. Amen.

Matthew 5:7-12 (<<click the green)

Lord, as I read through these verses it is no surprise whatsoever that though You spoke them two thousand years ago, they are so applicable today in the here and now. The world in which I live today is so divisive! It’s so defensive! Anymore it doesn’t take much tip people over into a fit of rage over almost anything.

What bothers me most is the fact that even those who follow You follow the same track. Where is mercy? If we are truly people “whose hearts are pure” wouldn’t we also be those “who work for peace”?

Is it any wonder we struggle to find Your blessing? We surely don’t deserve it…

I totally understand that we are called to firmly stand for what is right, that we should hold up the cause of the downtrodden. And here is where we must walk a fine line. We are to stand strong but why must we pair it with hatred? Why do we despise those who are in opposition to what we hold to be true?

When I read verse 11 the beginning of verse 12 slaps me in the face.

11“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12Be happy about it! Be very glad!”

Our world is in opposition to Your Church and Your kingdom seemingly more than it ever has been. Your Church is mocked. Your Church is persecuted. Your Church is lied about. People say all sorts of evil things against Your bride. …and are we happy about it? Are we glad? …I don’t think so…

We are livid! We are angry! We are retaliatory!

Where is the love? Where is the mercy? Where is compassion? Where is grace? Where are the tears for those who are lost? Where is the “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing”? (Luke 23:34)

Lord, I pray for Your hand to fall heavily upon Your Church. May we take to heart the life You lived before us. May we take upon ourselves Your humility. Make us merciful…and pure…and those who work for peace. May we do what is right in Your eyes, not our own. Amen.

Oct 11th, Wed, 8:37 am

None Beyond Hope

Already my mind is cluttered this morning, Father. Help me to focus on You. Brush away the clutter so that only you are there. Bless this time together, pray. May I become more and more what you have made me to be.

2 Timothy 3:3d  (<<click here)

“…cruel and hate what is good.”

Maybe I am oblivious, Lord, but I cannot recall being on the receiving end of cruelty or hatred. I know that people may have disliked me or have been apathetic to me, but that is about it. Regardless, cruelty and hatred are all too real traits that are fleshed out every day. Many in the world loathe all that is good and wholesome and their only desire is to control and maim – to bring as much pain and suffering consumes their every waking moment.

Lord, I cannot avoid the reality of the perpetrators or their victims, I may not come into contact with them but I can pray for both. Victims obviously can be prayed for – that their suffering would cease, that they would find love and sanity – that they would find You and Your love. When I think of those who have been abused by war or persecuted because of what they believe, when I think of children who have the misfortune of being born into families where love is absent and violence is the norm, I feel like my prayers are far too inadequate to alleviate their pain. But, Lord, You feel their pain as well and You want them to be set free. May Your will be done.

Now on the other hand, perpetrators need prayed for as well. The circumstances of their lives have contributed to who they are and what they do. No one is ever too far from You to be reconciled. I would pray that by whatsoever means necessary that You would reach them, that they would come face to face with the reality of who You are, and turn from their wicked ways – none are beyond hope for none are beyond Hope!

Nov 29th, Sun, 6:25 am