Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Epiphany: Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I probably won't be able to blog much tomorrow or Friday. I've got to go to Jackson tomorrow for a meeting and my mom is having a surgery Friday in Jackson as well.  So, we'll talk to you next week!  

Old Testament Lesson

God will redeem His people.  That is one of the constant refrains of the Bible.  He will not abandon His people, He will not forsake His people.  He will redeem them.  He will save them.  He will not cast them aside.  For they are His, and He is theirs.

Today, may we rejoice in His love and rejoice in the knowledge that His grace is certain and steadfast in our lives.  

New Testament Lesson

This church has lost its first love.  With all that we have going on, all the pressures we face, all the hurdles in our daily life, all this, it is easy to forget what is most important.  It is easy to forget our first love. 

But, if we forget that first love, everything else around it loses it's meaning.  So, with all we face, may we keep our first love first. May we keep our faith, our walk with God, our dedication to Him, may we keep that primary.  And, in doing that, we'll find grace not just in that walk with Him, but in all of life. 

Gospel Lesson

One of the things we are tempted to think sometimes is that with all that is going on in the world, that our concerns don't really matter to God.  After all, with all the fighting, all the wars, all the problems in this world right now, of what concern are we? 

And yet, we see the very first miracle Jesus performed was to keep a wedding from having a problem.  But, with all the problems of the world in Jesus time His first miracle was this.  Now, sure, He did many, many other things. But, His first was in keeping this local, small wedding on track. 

He cares for the small.  He cares for the ordinary. He cares for normal.  He cares for you and me.  In spite of all going on in the world, He hears our prayers, just as He hears every other prayer.  

Do not think you prayers are unimportant.  They matter to you; so that matter to God.  

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