Friday, 15 June 2012

Most Amazing Friday

Friday.  This week has been a Museum work week and has gone incredibly quickly.    Old Son was seeking cap badge appraisal prices yesterday and gave thanks to the Militaria websites who have searches on their websites!   
Cap Badges are the unit's  logo or crest that military members wear on their berets.  It is what identifies them to all others.    I often wonder what identifies us as Christians.  What about our faith identifies us to all others?    Humm! Something to think about.

Friday Retreat.....
Prayer:  Holy God,  Holy Mighty,  Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us. When we don’t understand Your will,  help us to rest ourselves in Your love.  When we don’t understand Your way,  help us to rest ourselves in Your love.  This we ask in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Read St. Matthew 21:  18 - 22
This story is one of those “huh” stories.   Why would Jesus curse a fig tree for not having fruit when it wasn’t even fruit season?   Was Jesus still angered over the money changers in the Temple?    Was Jesus just having a bad day?

The Disciples couldn’t believe what happened.  One minute the fig tree was fine and the next minute the fig tree was a dry old stick.

Jesus then explains to the Disciples “If you embrace this kingdom life and don’t doubt God, you’ll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles.  This mountain, for instance, you’ll tell, “Go jump in the lake” and it will jump.  Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God”.  (The Message translation St. Matthew 21: 21 – 22).  

The importance of faith is the key here.    Faith to live in God.   Faith to pray to God – but the prayers must be God’s will.  

Prayer:   Great God,  we believe in Jesus Christ, Your only Son, our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  You descended to the dead but on the third day You rose again. You ascended into heaven and You are seated on the right hand of the Father.  You will come to judge the living and the dead.  Hallelujah!  Amen. 

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