Saturday 24 February 2024

Beyond what is right

 


Mark 2:23-24


One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?”


Isn’t it the truth

that there will always be those

who are more concerned with the rules

than with what makes sense in the moment

Those who police other people’s actions

with so little awareness of the impact of their own

Those who prefer order

over transformation

May God give us grace to bear with the rule bound

and the courage to risk reaching beyond

with the spirit of love

that truly makes a difference


Friday 23 February 2024

Evening prayer

 


Psalms 130:5-7


I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,

and in his word I hope;

my soul waits for the Lord

more than those who watch for the morning,

more than those who watch for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the LORD!

For with the LORD there is steadfast love,

and with him is great power to redeem.


The words of evening prayer

whispered in the dark of night

look hopefully to the dawn

and the promise of a lightening sky

that blossoms

dispelling darkness

carrying hope

summoning love

for those who wait on the Lord

Thursday 22 February 2024

Hearing the stories


 Mark 2:1-5


When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”


Today, we need the reporters

who will broadcast the stories 

of those who are overlooked

Reporters who will make honest dramas

of others’ perspectives

We hear the lies of government

all too loudly

We hear the outrage of those who profit

from misfortune clearly

We hear the squirming of those whose intentions

were questionable 

We need reporters who will cut through the noise

and share what is really happening

and  encourage others to come and see

and to get on board

Highlighting the potential of the many

to challenge the decisions of the few

effecting justice

holding out the potential for healing

A possibility when all the stories are told and heard

We need the reporters, the broadcasters 

and the dramatists today

along with friends who don’t give up 

to begin the healing of the world.


(Liz Crumlish Lent 2024)


Wednesday 21 February 2024

What do we see?


 Luke 11:29-30

When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation.


We ask for a sign

You show us

people emerging from sleeping bags

in the doorways we pass

as we make our way to work

We ask for a sign

You show us

food bank drop off points 

in the grocery stores we frequent 

We ask for a sign

You show us 

children being killed by bombs in Gaza

as we watch the evening news

Sadly we have become inured

to all the signs around us 

that call us to love and to action

We blithely look beyond the signs

that show us where you are to be found

and choose to be comforted

by banal distractions

and tenuous connections on social media 

What part of ”love one another” is it

that we don’t understand?


(Liz Crumlish Lent 2024)


Tuesday 20 February 2024

Embracing wilderness


 Mark 1:12

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.


In the wilderness

Empty-handed

Devoid of the resources normally relied on

Vulnerable to the whims of nature

What is lying dormant 

ready to flourish?

What is hidden

that might come to light?

What surprises are waiting

to illuminate our path?

In vulnerability

there is an invitation

to be courageous

to welcome whatever is offered

with the spirit of curiosity and wonder

and, in our openness

there is the possibility

of transformation.

Where might we experience wilderness today?


Monday 19 February 2024

Seeing Christ


Matthew 25:35-36

for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’


Noticing others

takes us beyond ourselves

and the cares that consume us

Serving others

does not diminish our woes

but provides a welcome distraction

helping us gain

a different perspective

enabling us

to return enlightened

to all that we must face alone

And the knowledge that, 

knowingly or unknowingly 

we serve Christ

lends purpose to our service.

May we encounter others today

whether in serving or being served

and recognise the Christ in all.

 

Sunday 18 February 2024

May you see angels

 Mark 1:12-13



The Temptation of Jesus

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.


As you face the wilderness today

may you see angels

As you own all that tempts you

may you see angels

As you hunger and thirst

may you see angels 

As you fret about the future

may you see angels

As you wonder what lies ahead

may you see angels

As you confront all that would trip you up

may you see angels

As you weary of grafting

may you see angels

As you surrender control

may you see angels

As you emerge into all that awaits you

may you see angels

waiting on you and ministering to you

at every turn

May you see angels



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