Today our Museum commemorates the landing of D-Day (on 6 June 1944) with a Tea for Veterans and families and community. As of Friday, we thought we would have about 80 guests. With the progression of the weekend, we are now hovering at 100 guests. How awesome! Many prayers that our old legs and backs will remain in fine working order.
And a huge thank you to Husband Mine and Old Son for all their work of hauling, driving, driving, and more driving. Thank you two that you step in to provide an awesome evening for Veterans.
Prayer: Renew our spirits and right our thoughts to Your Glory, O LORD. Restore us a renewed vision so that we can see where You want us to be this day. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Read St. Matthew 19: 1 - 12
When Jesus had finished teaching about forgiveness, he leaves Galilee and crosses the region of Judea on the other side of Jordan. A great crowd follows him and he heals them.
The Pharisees then ask Jesus a question-- is it legal for a man to divorce his wife for any reason? And why do they ask Jesus this question? To test his answer. During the time of Jesus, there were three thoughts on divorce. Firt was don't get married in the first place -- stay celibate. Second thought was a man could divorce his wife if she found disfavour in his eyes. Third thought was a man could divorce his wife if she was an adulteress.
Jesus states that man and women were made for each other. Because God created and blessed the union, no one should cut it apart. Jesus suddenly takes the Pharisees question and turns it into a question of God's original intent for the union of a man and woman. The Pharisees then ask if that is so, then why did Moses give instructions for divorce papers? Jesus responds that that was not part of God's original plant. It was only because of the hard heartedness of the people that Moses had to provide for divorce.
Then the disciples step in and ask -- if those are the terms of marriage, we're stuck... then why get married? Jesus replies that not everyone is mature enough to live a married life. It requires a certain aptitude and grace. Marriage isn't for everyone. Some, fro birth seemingly, never give marriage a thought.... but if you're capable of growing into the largeness of marriage, do it!
Prayer: Great god, each day we begin anew with obediently keeping Your Holy Will and Commandments. Help us to walk in Your Path all the days of our live so that when trouble befalls us, we turn to You... our Lord and Protector. This we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.