Friday, 13 April 2012

Easter Week Friday

Aaaah,  Friday.   The end of the work week as a work week and the pushing up of one's sleeves for the weekend Worship and work and chores.
Yesterday I was at the Museum getting another mountain of Vimy Night Thank You letters written.   Sixty five thank you letters have gone into the mail box and there is probably another 75 thank you letters to be written.     I was delighted when our Museum Librarian said that she would mail the letters.   That was a huge burden lifted off my shoulders.   For those who drive and have a car,  delivering letters to a post box is not a big thing but for those of us who bus or walk,  mailing letters is an adventure.
Because of the Museum Librarian's  graciousness,  I was able to get to the bus stop early.  And hurrah!   Being early for the bus means trotting across the street and purchasing a chocolate- vanilla ice cream cone :)    How neat to be able to sit at the bus stop,  licking an ice cream cone with the sun shining...a great time to meditate and pray and just be in God's  presence!

Friday Retreat.....
Prayer:  Lord of heaven and of earth,  we worship You this day in joy and praise.  We read and meditate this day upon Your Word.  Help us to listen to Your words so that we can advance Your Kingdom into this world.  This we ask in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Read:  St. Matthew  11: 25 – 30

After yesterday’s  explosion of frustration and disgust,  Jesus breaks into prayer.  Jesus prays,  “Thank You Father, Lord of heaven and earth.  You’ve concealed Your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people.  Yes, Father, that’s the way You like to work!”
Everything is in God’s time,  not our own.    If only a few people return to God,  we rejoice.  We also  know that present day Bible Studies, Worships,  Fellowship events  even though attended by only a few,  will change someone’s life in the present and in future. 
Then Jesus gives us the ultimate scripture to memorize so that when we are discouraged,  we can call upon this scripture and return to God.  
Today memorize this portion of scripture:  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.    (St. Matthew 11: 28-30)

Prayer:   Great God we come to You and You give us rest.  You take our burdens upon Yourself and You give us rest for our souls.   We give You thanks and Praise.  This we ask in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Many blessings!

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