Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Needing the Rain Tuesday

Happy First Day of May!   In one of the used music books we've collected over the years has intricate instructions on how to organize and carryout the dancing around the May Pole.  The instructions even include what colour ribbons should be attached to the pole and what style of clothing the children should wear. 
The book came from a Music Teacher in Nanaimo.  It is a delight to read her suggestions that she has scribbled in the margins of the book.   Some years seemingly were more frustrating than other years.  Especially the year that the comment is "feed children first".    Don't you wonder what happened that year?  :)
May you have an awesome May Day today!

Prayer:    Great God,  may we hear Your teachings and listen to the words from Your mouth.    Open my ears to Your Word this day O Lord,  our rock and our Redeemer.

Read  St. Matthew 13: 31 – 35

Jesus tells two parables;  the parable of the Mustard Seed and the parable of yeast.   The theme of both these two parables is that small things grow into big hope.    The Kingdom of Heaven can start with a small idea or a small prayer and grow, blossom, flourish into a healthy  fruitful wonderful hope.     We need to remember these two parables everyday when we get discouraged or disgusted.   Small things become big hope in Jesus.   Simple really isn’t it.
Jesus also quotes Psalm 78:2  which when we read the whole of Psalm 78,  it will make us go ,  “Oh!”
Psalm 78: 1 – 4:  O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.  I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden from of old – things we have heard and known, things our fathers have told us.  We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.  (NIV   Psalm  78: 1 – 4)

How many times have your heard stories where a Church or Mission started out with a small idea and the idea grew and flourished to something that gives hope to many people?  Probably a lot of ideas!

So today as you live out your life,  remember to hear what Jesus has said in this passage.  Remember to listen to what Jesus has said in this passage.   And then share what you have learned with the next generation.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father,  today may we take what we have learned at Your feet and share with the next generation.   May we keep the youth and young children in our prayers.   We lift up to You the young adults and youth and children in our congregations.  May they feel Your love this day!  This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Many blessings!

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