We went back to the church where my oldest kids were baptized today. The children's sermon was about following Jesus. Laine, in the simple, laser insight of children, told me that it was hard to follow Jesus and he would probably have to wait until he was bigger. While ushering him out of the sanctuary into the nursery I acknowledged that it was hard to follow Jesus but that's why we do it together. Then I stopped and thought about what I had just said. That IS why we bother with all this stuff. We meet together in so many ways because following Jesus is hard and being together makes it easier.
So, how was this week. Every moment was transcendental and meaningful, right? The scriptures opened up and you were filled with holy purpose, right? Your spirit found refreshment and encouragement through the collective prayers, right? Well...I do hope that last one is true. I was praying for you and I hope you were praying for me. I struggled to keep up. I struggled to keep from dashing ahead and guessing at what the end of this journey will bring, but we are here--week 2.
Week 2: August 27-September 2
Prepare Our Hearts
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.
- Matthew 5:1-12
- Matthew 5:13-20
- Matthew 5:21-26
- Matthew 5:27-42
- Matthew 5:43-48
- Mark 7:25-30
- Psalm 51
Lord, we are tired. We try to love you and your people, but we find that our hearts are weary. We are stretched and empty. Prepare our hearts. Soften them. Give us the discipline to protect our hearts so that we are available to love. Give us hope--make us hopeful. Give us mercy--make us merciful. Give us love--make us loving.