Monday, July 17, 2006

God with me today

Reflections for the week beginning Sunday 16th July (Proper 15) 2 Sam 6:1-19; Psalm 24;Eph 1:1-14; Mark 6:14-29 One or more of these readings can be read each time you wish to be quiet with God.

This week we thought about the ups and downs of life. We read about the Execution of John the Baptist,(Mark 6) and in the Old Testament (2 Sam 6) about a man who dies seemingly while trying to do the right thing.
What we easily realize is that our lives our like this. There are things which happen which deeply shake us, and "natural causes" to which we are subject which seem deeply unfair.
The innocent die, get sick and suffer.
The funeral service reminds us "In the midst of life we are in death". Something I am often struck by when taking a funeral and ministering to the bereaved.
Life is like that.
Amidst all this Paul writes for us an amazingly evocative poem about the depth of our relationship with God. These poems often draw out of us feelings of deep praise and thankfulness
In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
though at times of stark difficulty and tragedy poetic words can often leave us cold.
We are reminded of the need to dwell richly with God in the reality of our day to day experiences.
Take a few moments this week to locate the points in the last few days where you have been most deeply affected...positively or negatively
What might this feeling be saying to us?
How might God be asking us to respond, and what is God offering to us?
Listen to what God is saying, and ask him to show you how you should respond today.
Pray quietly for openness to the Spirit of God and the will to do what God needs you to do.

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