Evening Prayer: September 26th

Eternal One, thank you for your abundant grace that strengthened me through this day. I know that wherever I travelled I was not alone. Thank you for guiding my path. Comfort those who grieve this day. Now as the shadows of night fall upon the eart, shelter me beneath your wings. If it be your will that I wake in this world tomorrow, may my life reflect the Erernal Light, Jesus. Amen.

Daily Scripture Passage: Psalm 126

Psalm 126 (ESV)

Restore Our Fortunes, O Lord

126 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
    we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
    and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;

    we are glad.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
    like streams in the Negeb!
Those who sow in tears
    shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping,
    bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
    bringing his sheaves with him.

Thoughts to Ponder from John 20:19

John 20:19 (ESV)

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

     The disciples had been through a substantial life-altering event. This Jesus that they had dropped everything in their life to follow, this one they had dared to believe was the Messiah, had ended up dead on a Roman cross. This was not supposed to be part of the plan. The plan was for them to see Rome destroyed and see the glory days of Israel reestablished. Rather than seeing this happen, the disciples now found themselves hiding behind closed doors, hoping that they would not suffer the same fate as Jesus. To say that the disciples were anxious, scared, and apprehensive is an understatement. 

     Such is the backdrop to our passage in John’s Gospel. As if the events of the past few days was not enough, while behind locked doors, in strolls Jesus. Understand, the disciples were no different than us. Dead is dead, period. They knew Jesus had died on that cross. There was no disputing that fact. And now, before their eyes, stood this dead Nazarene carpenter. They were about to find out just what the power of God was about and could do. So into the midst of the confusion, dismay and anxiety – Jesus spoke. His words are simple and few but their impact is profound.

     You see this is the power of the Gospel for us. Being human is not easy. Life is beyond challenging at times. How often does life throw us the curve balls that just knock us for a loop? Whether it is the loss of a relationship, the loss of health, the loss of financial security. Whatever it may be, if there is one thing we understand: Life is anything but peaceful at times. Yet this is not what God intended for us. Not even remotely. God knows that sometimes we need to hear those simple words; “Peace be still.” Sometimes we need God to just come right into the mix and fray of our lives and speak these words and actually calm the storm. Do we have the faith and trust to allow him to do just that? 

     What circumstances in your life do you need Jesus to come into and speak the word of peace that will bring you comfort and assurance?