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Today, May 28th, 2020

Pausing for Prayer:

You’re invited to meditate on the Bible passage for today, and then join others at 12:00 p.m. for silent prayer or whenever you can.

Bible Passage for the Day:  Isaiah 1:17 & Micah 6:8

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and please the widow's cause,” Isaiah 1:17. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

Praying Together:

I’ve been thinking a lot about the senseless and tragic death of George Floyd the past few days, and it brought back a lot of painful memories from the time our family lived in North Minneapolis. When we moved there our family and friends were afraid for us and asked us why we were moving to the ghetto. Without ever meeting anyone who lived there they had already stereotyped all the people in that community as being gang members, drug dealers, and assumed that virtually everyone was uneducated and lazy. Yes, there were some people who caused problems, but the vast majority of people I met were incredibly intelligent, much more intelligent than I, hardworking, compassionate and kind. Some of my best memories in ministry came from the people I met and worked with on the North Side. The real sin that many of my family and friends were blind to is the stereotypes we put on others and allows bigotry and injustice to perpetuate. As you meditate on the passages ask God to help you examine your own heart and help you to see injustice in the world around you. Remember the family of George Floyd in your prayers and for all who are grieving and suffering loss this day.  End with the Lord’s Prayer.

May 26th, 2020

Pausing for Prayer:

You’re invited to meditate on the Bible passage for today, and then join others at 12:00 p.m. for silent prayer or whenever you can.

Bible Passage for the Day: Matthew 5:9 & The Prayer of St. Francis

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God”

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow charity; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is error, truth; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; and Where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying to ourselves that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Praying Together:

Today as we reflect on the Bible passage I would also like for you to meditate on the prayer of St. Francis. What part of the prayer stands out to you? As you think about that, how does it speak to your life, your relationships and the world around you? Invite the Holy Spirit to help you become a peacemaker in those areas of your life and ministry.  End with the Lord’s Prayer.

May 25th, 2020

Pausing for Prayer:

You’re invited to meditate on the Bible passage for today, and then join others at 12:00 p.m. for silent prayer or whenever you can.

Bible Passage for the Day: John 15:12-13

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 

Praying Together:

Today as Americans we are commemorating Memorial Day. Today we pause and remember those who have served in the military and have died in service for the safety and well being of others. Jesus says that there is no greater love than to lay your life down for another. Today we lift those individuals and their families, who still grieve to this day, in our prayers. We also pray that our leaders will be led by the Spirit so that when women and men are sent into harm's way the cause is just and in defense of not only our freedom, but those who are most vulnerable and defenseless.   End with the Lord’s Prayer. 

May 21st, 2020

Pausing for Prayer:

You’re invited to meditate on the Bible passage for today, and then join others at 12:00 p.m. for silent prayer or whenever you can.

Bible Passage for the Day: Psalm 34:17-18

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and mends those who are crushed in spirit.

Praying Together:

Kintsugi is a Japanese process of mending and repairing cups and bowls that are broken. The artisan mixes a special resin with gold dust so that the bowls are not only mended and useful again, but they are also more beautiful than before with their scares and cracks. It’s important to remember that after Jesus rose from the dead he was still scared. What in your life or in your relationships need mending today? Invite the Holy Spirit to begin the process of Kintsugi in and through you so that you will not only be made whole, but more beautiful than before. As someone once said that your scars will become stars. You don’t need to be ashamed of them or try and hide them, but allow Jesus to transform them.  End with the Lord’s Prayer. 

May 19th, 2020

Pausing for Prayer:

You’re invited to meditate on the Bible passage for today, and then join others at 12:00 p.m. for silent prayer or whenever you can.

Bible Passage for the Day: Revelation 21:1-4

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.  

Praying Together:

There are some of us that love to read the end of the book first, so that we know what’s going to happen. Well, the good news is that we can know what’s going to happen in the end. Revelations 21 gives a glimpse of what that day will be like when we experience heaven in its totality. What we sometimes forget, though, is that we can begin to experience the reality of heaven now. When Jesus said that the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven is at hand he meant it, because heaven is not so much a place as it is a relationship. As you meditate on heaven, ask Jesus to help you to experience the reality of heaven in your life today. End with the Lord’s Prayer.

May 18th, 2020

Pausing for Prayer:

You’re invited to meditate on the Bible passage for today, and then join others at 12:00 p.m. for silent prayer or whenever you can.

Bible Passage for the Day: Deuteronomy 8:10-14, 17-18

 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied,  then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery…You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

Praying Together:

The Bible often calls upon the people of God to remember that all things come from God, and for all of the ways that God has taken care of us and provided for us. It’s easy when things are going well to take those things for granted or for our egos to get in the way and think that it is something we’ve done on our own. As you spend time reflecting on the passage, think about all of the ways that God has cared and provided for you throughout your life. Also spend some time remembering and giving thanks for all of the people that have helped you in the past and are helping you now.  End with the Lord’s Prayer. 

 

 

 

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