Mid-Week Meditation – Remembrance

For our mid-week meditation this week sharing my post from our Church’s ‘Peace in the Storm’ Series:

‘On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we shall remember them’

We remember those who gave their lives in both World Wars, and the many others who have given their lives in conflicts since 1945.  We remember those who loved and lost, those who fought and died, those who returned in body, but not in mind, those who came back and who still bear the scars and still suffer the nightmares, those who cannot forget; those who carry their scars beneath their medals and ofcourse those still serving, still sacrificing.

There was another one, another man who also served & sacrificed and bears scars, He has been called by some as ‘the Man of Sorrows’.  The scars He bears are the scars left by our sin, the scars when He took our punishment upon Himself, the scars of injustice, the scars of greater wars, the scars of friends who betrayed, the scars of humanity, sickness and conflict.

Jesus the Man of Sorrows, bears our scars, you can see the nail prints on His hands and feet, you can see where the sword pierced His side, those scars of love are still visiible, for it was love for us which held Him to that cross, it was love for us that caused Him to suffer for us, that we may have peace, and reconciliation with God.  Once we were at enmity with God, but through Jesus we have peace with Him.

So, today as we remember those who gave, those who suffered that we may live in a country in a time of relative peace, may we be grateful, may we honour those men and women in our two-minute silence.  And may we also remember that Man of Sorrows and the scars He bore for us, the One who gave and forgave and honour Him with our lives.

Mid-week Meditations

For our mid-week meditations this week, I am sharing a post I wrote for our church’s daily devotions, looking at how we are to love the Lord .

Heart; Soul; Mind,

When Jesus was asked which was the greatest commandment, He said:

Jesus declared, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ [Matthew 22:37]

In other words, we are to love God entirely, with our whole beings.  Any following after God, any obedience, any act of being a disciple should stem from our love for God.  And how are we to love?

HEART = inward self where feelings & emotions occur

To love the Lord with our hearts means that He has our devotion, our hearts are given over to Him. Love for God is our leading affection, He is our highest affection, our hearts are open and sensitive to Him, He has our heart and we respond to Him in love.

SOUL = the entire inner person.

This is our beings, our wills.  This is where we choose to love and obey, for sometimes it is a choice, whose voice are we going to follow today.  Perhaps we are not ‘feeling it’, perhaps our emotional love for God has gone cold, but we can choose to love, choose where we place our devotion, choose to follow, choose to obey.

MIND – The inward part of us where thinking occurs.

Our understanding, our intellect, to know Him is to love Him. We are not just to love, tossed about by our every feeling and emotion, but we are to love God with our minds, with our intellect, coming to know and understand who He is and what He has done for us.  Our response then is to bow, love and worship.

So how are we to love God today? Entirely.

HEART. SOUL. MIND

Mid-week Meditations

For our mid-week meditations this week, I am sharing a post I wrote for our church’s daily devotions, asking the question How long O Lord?

How long?  That is what we are saying just now, isn’t it?  How long will this virus rum amok in our land?  How long will our lives suffer restrictions?  How long is all this going to last?  How Long? How Long, Lord?

The Psalmist also asked those sorts of questions in Psalm 13

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?

How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts

and day after day have sorrow in my heart?

How long will my enemy triumph over me?

How long will our worries and concerns plague us?  How long will we wrestle with these things?  How long, Lord?  What are You doing Lord?  Why are You not acting on our behalf Lord?

However, like the Psalmist, we too need to come to the place of acceptance and surrender and trust that God is God, He is on the throne, He is in control and His how longs are different from ours and He wants us to place our hand in trust in His.

Then as we come to that place of trust we can then affirm with the Psalmist when He closed this Psalm with these words:

But I trust in your unfailing love;

my heart rejoices in your salvation.

I will sing the Lord’s praise,

for He has been good to me.

When we have peace in the Storm it means that we can trust in God’s unfailing love, that we can rejoice in His salvation and we can sing the Lord’s praise because we know and trust that He is good to us.

How long?  Maybe that depends on how long it takes us to come to that place of trust?

Mid-Week Meditations – Prayer

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CALL.

COME.

PRAY.

Are there 3 stages to prayer?

I have been meditating on this thought since reading this passage in Jeremiah 29

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 

 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 

I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity”

Jeremiah 29:12-14

There seems to be a progression in the Calling, the Coming and the Praying.

Let me illustrate:

We live on a croft (smallholding) and if my husband is up in the field and I want him or want to get his attention I first of all have to CALL him. I call his name, I shout for him. Then when he hears and turns towards me he beckons me to him, to COME. Now I may not want to come to him, I may not have time to go up the field, I may want him to come and see what I am doing or what I want, but he beckons me to COME, so when I come close I see then what he is doing and then we have conversation.

So too spiritually, often I may call to God, I want Him to come to me and see what I have got going on, but He beckons me to come to Him, and when I come to Him and see what He is doing, what His ways are, then I pray, then we are in conversation and then my prayers are much more likely to be God-focused and according to His will rather than if I had stayed in my own thoughts and troubles.

CALL. COME. PRAY.

So often I fear that I miss out that middle stage; I am in too much of a rush, or I come with my prayer list, my concerns and I just want to trot through them, or I am just too caught up in myself and my own troubles that actually I just want God to see what I am doing as if that is more important than what He is doing!!

Whereas that middle stage is so important; that drawing near, that coming close; that time to pause and listen. It is that stage which leads to conversation, otherwise we are just shouting out our requests and then getting on with our day.

And ofcourse we have the wonderful promises that God ‘will be found by us’; He will not hide Himself from us; but He hears us, we can find Him and He will listen!

So let us: Call upon the Lord. Let us come before Him, draw near to Him and then let the conversation begin – pray.