Corona Virus Weekly Devotion Week 29

Coronavirus – Week Twenty-Nine – Devotion

Look for a Sign of Hope Today…
What Will Bring you Joy Today?…
Pray for our Teachers and School Administrators…
Covid-19 Numbers are Actually People…
Pray for the Staff and Residents of 7 Lakes ALH…
All Our Brothers and Sisters in the Path of Isaias,
Lord Have Mercy…
Blessings on All Returning Students…
Especially all the College Students…
Pray for Those in Danger from Wild Fires…
Pray for Those in Danger from Hurricanes…
Consider your Offering of Time, Talent, and Treasure…
Who Will You Invite to Zoom Homecoming, Sept. 27th…
It’s National Double Cheeseburger Day!!!…
Pray for those Recovering from Sally…
How Will you be a Beacon of Hope Today?…

Prayer is a way of life
that allows you to find stillness
in the midst of the world
where you open your hands to God’s promises
and find hope for yourself,
your neighbor, and your world.
Henri Nouwen,
Dutch priest, professor, theologian

Scripture
Matthew 26:14 – 27:66

“Truly I tell you,
one of you will betray me.”
And they became greatly distressed
and began to say to him one after another,
“Surely not I, Lord?”…
Judas, who betrayed him, said,
“Surely not I, Rabbi?”

Thirteen friends gathered around the table to eat the Passover meal discovering that one of them is to be a traitor. We often wonder what made Judas do it. All twelve understood so little of what Jesus taught and what he had to do, that we might rightly ask what exactly held the eleven back for doing it. Perhaps it might help us to read this entire passage (Matthew 26:14 – 27:66) with this question in mind, “Lord, it isn’t me, is it?”

Because it is me – and you – and all of us. We are all in this story somewhere. We have all been loyal and yet disloyal. We have all wanted to do the right thing and then run away when the going got tough. We have all colluded with injustice, stayed silent when we should have spoken out, or perhaps blurted out a remark when we should have kept our mouth shut. And, we have all stood by scenes of sorrow and tragedy, not knowing what to say or do but feeling that somehow we could or should have prevented it.

“Lord, is it me?” If it is, or has been, then stay with that thought for a bit.

Meditation

In this time of silence please make the effort to read the entire passage. Find yourself in the story wherever you are. Continually ask yourself, “Lord, is it me? Was it me? Will it be me?”

Closing Prayer

Lord Jesus, give us wisdom to understand your mission and the courage to follow you even if we don’t understand. Amen.

As you complete your time of meditation and prayer I invite you to reflect on the words of this song…

May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ,
be with you now and forevermore…
Pastor Paul