It was wonderful weather here yesterday. The perfect day for sitting outside and enjoying God's creation. Old Son and I were inside most of the day working on the Loaned Collection and other Museum paperwork. On Tuesday we had received a donation from a family who's relative was killed in WW2. This gentleman was an Air Gunner but had actually done some service with the XII Manitoba Dragoons in 1939. It is frequently tearful to read letters written home by a young lad who was killed at age 21.
At lunch, Old Son and I did get outside for a walk to the WoodJoynt Gun Shop. Ah yes, the Gun Shop is within walking distance of the Museum :)
This day, remember to take time to be in God's presence... especially if the weather is nice and you can sit outdoors!
Prayer: Healing God, we ask for Your Healing touch to be upon us this day so that we can turn around and help others who are in need. But in all things may Your will be done. Amen.
Read St. Matthew 23: 13 - 15
And now begins the Seven Woes from Jesus.
First Woe: Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees because you shut the Kingdom of heaven on men’s faces. Their lives have become road blocks to God’s kingdom.
Through their many rules and laws, they were blocking the love of God.
We need to be conscious of these Woes as well. This next week will be a time of looking inward at ourselves and asking ourselves if we too need to be cleansed of the Woes.
Are we a stumbling block to those who want to worship God? Do we go to Church each Sunday and attend Bible Studies then turn around and get angry at our family or friends? Is our attitude causing others to not want to attend Church?
When you partake of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism, do you know what you are doing and why? Have you ever studied the Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism?
Second Woe: Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees because you travel over the land and sea to win a single convert then make them into something worse than you.
It wasn’t the converting that is the problem here but it is taking a person who is new to the faith and binding them by the rules and laws even worse than themselves.
Do we invite our friends and family to church and then teach them false beliefs? Or do we not know what we believe to start with and then can’t share what we believe with others?
Prayer: Almighty God, turn our thoughts this day to Your Word which guides us and takes us into action for You. May Your healing flow down upon us so that we can help others who are in need. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.