2-21-18 Daily E-Votional

Posted February 20, 2018 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Genesis 37:25-36

Some years ago, John and I were floating down a gentle place in the river. We were fishing but things were a bit slow with the fish. I think I might have taken out a little morsel of food to eat while waiting for the fish naps to conclude.

Every once and awhile, I would see something moving just a tiny bit above the water and then it would not be there. Then it would appear at another place just a little piece further ahead in the river. I wondered where whatever it was, was going. It seemed like it was going one direction and then pretty soon I would see the occasional movement going the other direction. It took some time to just observe and get a handle on what I was seeing.

Finally I could see that it was a river otter and it had fully arrived on one side of the river. It then made it’s way up the bank and onto the flattened out section. Then another otter arrived and then another arrived. It had to be a den of otters. They had some kind of chatter going on between them so they must have been devising some kind of plan. I had slowed the pace of my float tube so I could just enjoy whatever the otter show had in store. As I drifted closer, the chatter picked up and I noticed that first otter and then the whole den of otters had their tails pointing above their heads. All of them were pointing toward a place across and down the river. I looked to see where they had been pointing. When I looked back, none of them were on land. All had returned to the water. The next time I saw them, they had arrived at the place where their tails had been pointing. Somehow and somewhere, they had slipped into a little holt or crevice that I sure could not see.

I so wanted to follow them and check out where they went and what they were up to when they arrived. I think that’s about the time that a fish took the fly on my line and I was immediately transported back to the present moment.

25-27 Then they sat down to eat their supper. Looking up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites on their way from Gilead, their camels loaded with spices, ointments, and perfumes to sell in Egypt. Judah said, “Brothers, what are we going to get out of killing our brother and concealing the evidence? Let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites, but let’s not kill him—he is, after all, our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.

28 By that time the Midianite traders were passing by. His brothers pulled Joseph out of the cistern and sold him for twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites who took Joseph with them down to Egypt.

29-30 Later Reuben came back and went to the cistern—no Joseph! He ripped his clothes in despair. Beside himself, he went to his brothers. “The boy’s gone! What am I going to do!”

31-32 They took Joseph’s coat, butchered a goat, and dipped the coat in the blood. They took the fancy coat back to their father and said, “We found this. Look it over—do you think this is your son’s coat?”

33 He recognized it at once. “My son’s coat—a wild animal has eaten him. Joseph torn limb from limb!”

34-35 Jacob tore his clothes in grief, dressed in rough burlap, and mourned his son a long, long time. His sons and daughters tried to comfort him but he refused their comfort. “I’ll go to the grave mourning my son.” Oh, how his father wept for him.

36 In Egypt the Midianites sold Joseph to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, manager of his household affairs.

In Reuben’s absence, the brothers sold Joseph to a traveling group. They received money and Joseph became a slave. The brothers then poured the blood of a goat on Joseph’s coat so when they showed it to their father, it would appear that Joseph had died.

When did you take part of a scheme that tried to cover up a wrongdoing? Who were you trying to fool? Did you spend a lot of time in the planning so your tracks were covered? When has someone tried to cover up something so you wouldn’t find out?

In conversation with a child today… Ask a child to tell you when they have tried to cover up something they broke

Prayers for Healing in our world: Parkland high school victims, Puerto Rico, Wildfires, Las Vegas victims, Victims of racism, actions of violence, homelessness, oppression, abuse

Remember in Prayer: Lis, Betsy, Kristen, Margie, Zula, Josh, Livy, Jaclyn, Carla, Jeremy, Sheri, Deana, John, James, Vivian, Claire, Mark, Anna, Heidi S. Sue, Mary Lynne, Bones, Nan, Jean, Analea, Frank

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Rev. Jose Luis Torres Milan, Joanne, Peggy, Logan, Dave, Jane, Mason

Prayer: O God, we give you thanks for this day. Help us to look for ways to support and encourage one another. So quickly our hearts can follow down a path that just isn’t helpful. Guide our hearts and our minds. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

©2018 Lucia Oerter

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The Message Bible

A ministry at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette, IN

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2-20-19 Daily E-Votional

Posted February 19, 2018 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Genesis 37:12-24

When I was a child, there was a neighborhood girl who was maybe a year older than myself. She was the hoped for daughter after three older brothers. She was very smart and she very much wanted to have friends. On occasion my mother would send me to her house to play after her mother called my mother, but I never stayed very long. The girl’s bossiness was more than I could handle.

She liked to show off all of her toys but didn’t want anyone else touching them. She would quote things from the encyclopedia and then pose questions to show that only she knew the answer. I felt diminished and wanted to leave. She would tell her mother to tell me to stay. I would leave.

When another friend and myself were playing one day, we looked over at the girl’s house and we both agreed that the other girl was not someone either one of us really liked. And those innocent little minds of ours began to devise a plan. The plan was to somehow trick this other girl, but make it look like we were being really nice. Just for a minute let me stop this story.

My girlfriend and I had arrived at that moment. It’s that moment when we felt hurt or wounded and we wanted to seek justice or revenge or something. We wanted the other girl to feel what it was like to feel hurt. And so we devised the plan.

We bought a Tootsie Roll pop and unwrapped it and spit on it and wrapped it back up. We buried it in the ground and created an “X marks the spot” scavenger hunt for the girl to follow and left the note on her doorstep. My friend and I went to my house and up to my room to celebrate our success. And then the doorbell rang. We could hear angry voices in the living room and, at that very moment, we both knew what we had done was not right.

My girlfriends’ mother and the other girl’s mother had arrived at our house and they were very upset with us. My mother demanded that we both come downstairs and apologize to her mother. Her mother spared no words when she lit into us. She demanded that we apologize to her daughter as soon as possible. She left and both of our mothers shared how disappointed they were with us and what one mother didn’t say the other one filled in the blanks. All the mothers who entered the house that day were mad at us. We both apologized to the girl. We both wrote cards with our words of apology. My friend and I didn’t get to see each other for some time.

Let me be the first to say that we were not evil little girls. We were not psychotic or deranged. We were children who tried something out that really didn’t have good intentions. Our plan wasn’t focused on building up the spirits of another person. We learned a lesson and did not ever again try anything that would intentionally hurt another person ever again.

Why do I share this story? Because I want you all to know I’m not perfect if you didn’t already know that. I also want to share it because the story shows that moment when our plan went down a path that would hurt someone. It took a turn and we were fortunate that we were called out and both of us learned our lesson.

Today, we live in a very different time. Our children and their children live in a very different and twisted world. With all of these senseless acts of mass shootings, I don’t even know if I’d send children to school. While they need teachers to teach and to interact with others, parents and teachers live in fear for each day, each class, and each person who enters the building. The whole day is laced with fear. We’re training for drills that I only thought were part of uncivilized cultures.

Today I remember this story from my long ago past and I am so thankful that my girlfriend and I were held accountable and punished so that we would never again try such a thing.

Today it also occurs to me that I’m so very thankful that we did not have a gun in either of our houses. And I’d also like to say that I’m thankful that the gun that was in the other girl’s house was not part of my story from long ago. That gun and other guns were locked in a gun safe that she showed me.

Thank you, God! And God, please help us find the way through all of this. Help us speak up and show up and help each other be accountable.

12-13 His brothers had gone off to Shechem where they were pasturing their father’s flocks. Israel said to Joseph, “Your brothers are with flocks in Shechem. Come, I want to send you to them.”

Joseph said, “I’m ready.”

14 He said, “Go and see how your brothers and the flocks are doing and bring me back a report.” He sent him off from the valley of Hebron to Shechem.

15 A man met him as he was wandering through the fields and asked him, “What are you looking for?”

16 “I’m trying to find my brothers. Do you have any idea where they are grazing their flocks?”

17 The man said, “They’ve left here, but I overheard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’” So Joseph took off, tracked his brothers down, and found them in Dothan.

18-20 They spotted him off in the distance. By the time he got to them they had cooked up a plot to kill him. The brothers were saying, “Here comes that dreamer. Let’s kill him and throw him into one of these old cisterns; we can say that a vicious animal ate him up. We’ll see what his dreams amount to.”

21-22 Reuben heard the brothers talking and intervened to save him, “We’re not going to kill him. No murder. Go ahead and throw him in this cistern out here in the wild, but don’t hurt him.” Reuben planned to go back later and get him out and take him back to his father.

23-24 When Joseph reached his brothers, they ripped off the fancy coat he was wearing, grabbed him, and threw him into a cistern. The cistern was dry; there wasn’t any water in it.

Joseph’s brothers were so angry with Joseph and his special status with their father, they were plotting to kill him. Reuben had his own plan and encouraged his brothers not to murder him, but throw him in a pit. Reuben reasoned that if he came back and rescued Joseph from the pit, he could be elevated in status with their father.

Has a sibling, a classmate, a neighbor, or a friend ever devised a plan to make you look bad? What were your feelings? Did you have feelings of revenge? Did you ever plot against another classmate, neighbor or sibling? What had they done to you? What did you hope would be the outcome of your action? Did you draw others into your plan or were you working solo?

In conversation with a child today… Ask a child to tell you about a time someone hurt their feelings

Prayers for Healing in our world: Parkland high school victims, Puerto Rico, Wildfires, Las Vegas victims, Victims of racism, actions of violence, homelessness, oppression, abuse

Remember in Prayer: Lis, Betsy, Kristen, Margie, Zula, Josh, Livy, Jaclyn, Carla, Jeremy, Sheri, Deana, John, James, Vivian, Claire, Mark, Anna, Heidi S. Sue, Mary Lynne, Bones, Nan, Jean, Analea, Frank

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Rev. Jose Luis Torres Milan, Joanne, Peggy, Logan, Dave, Jane, Mason

Prayer: O God, we give you thanks for this day and for your love. Help in guiding our steps so we walk close to you. When actions cause reactivity in us, bring us back to our grounding in you. Protect us and guide us. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

©2018 Lucia Oerter

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The Message Bible

A ministry at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette, IN

2-19-18 Daily E-Votional

Posted February 18, 2018 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Monday, Feb. 19

Genesis 37:1-11

I think each of my children have called me over the years to tell me about a dream they had that they just wanted to share with me. Usually their dream includes something I’ve done; some crazy wild thing in the dream. There have also been dreams in which I’ve died. If they are giving me the information that I died in their dreams, I reassure them that I’m still alive because they did call me and they are speaking to me. Still, it’s unsettling when you have a dream that is alarming in some way.

There are times when siblings share the dreams they’ve had of each other. There’s usually a lot of drama after the dream has been shared. One believes the other one is just saying whatever it is because of something the other one did.

I can’t remember the friend who said that I was in their dream except in their dream I was in the form of a bird. I may have asked what kind of bird, but I was immediately wondering what it all meant? Why would I come across as a bird? Why would I be in a cage and unable to move about in the world? What was going on in the other person’s subconscious that would portray me as a bird? I found myself getting a bit bothered by being a little bird with no place to go.

My friend said it was their dream and it was their work in trying to figure out what was what. For weeks after that I was still unsettled. If the other person had never shared the dream with me, I would have never felt that unsettled feeling.

This is the story of Jacob. The story continues with Joseph, seventeen years old at the time, helping out his brothers in herding the flocks. These were his half brothers actually, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. And Joseph brought his father bad reports on them.

3-4 Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was the child of his old age. And he made him an elaborately embroidered coat. When his brothers realized that their father loved him more than them, they grew to hate him—they wouldn’t even speak to him.

5-7 Joseph had a dream. When he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said, “Listen to this dream I had. We were all out in the field gathering bundles of wheat. All of a sudden my bundle stood straight up and your bundles circled around it and bowed down to mine.”

His brothers said, “So! You’re going to rule us? You’re going to boss us around?” And they hated him more than ever because of his dreams and the way he talked.

He had another dream and told this one also to his brothers: “I dreamed another dream—the sun and moon and eleven stars bowed down to me!”

10-11 When he told it to his father and brothers, his father reprimanded him: “What’s with all this dreaming? Am I and your mother and your brothers all supposed to bow down to you?” Now his brothers were really jealous; but his father brooded over the whole business.

Joseph had one heck of a dream that he shared with his brothers. In his dream he said that his brothers were bowing down to him. He went on to say that his whole family bowed down to him. All of his family was quite upset by this ridiculous dream of Joseph’s.

What is a dream another person has shared with you and you were in their dream? Was the dream that they shared a troubling dream or a dream that was fun? What dreams have you shared with others and it was upsetting to them in some way?

In conversation with a child today… Ask a child to tell you about one of their favorite dreams and what it is that they remember the most about the dream.

Prayers for Healing in our world: Parkland high school victims, Puerto Rico, Wildfires, Las Vegas victims, Victims of racism, actions of violence, homelessness, oppression, abuse

Remember in Prayer: Lis, Betsy, Kristen, Margie, Zula, Josh, Livy, Jaclyn, Carla, Jeremy, Sheri, Deana, John, James, Vivian, Claire, Mark, Anna, Heidi S. Sue, Mary Lynne, Bones, Nan, Jean, Analea, Frank

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Rev. Jose Luis Torres Milan, Joanne, Peggy, Logan, Dave, Jane, Mason

Prayer: We give you thanks, O God for this day. We ask that you take hold of those dreams that are troubling to us. We give you thanks for the gift of dreaming and the ways it gives us new energy and warmth in our hearts. Be with us this day. Amen.

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

©2018 Lucia Oerter

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The Message Bible

A ministry at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette, IN

2-18-18 Daily E-Votional

Posted February 17, 2018 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Sunday, Feb. 18

Hebrews 2:10-18

Some years ago, I received a call telling me I was needed at the hospital. The nurse who called explained to me that one of my parishioners’ was being taken off life support and the son needed to speak with me when I arrived.

I arrived at the hospital and met up the son in the ICU waiting room. The son was very distraught and confided in me that his mother was terrified of dying. I tried to see if there was some assurance or help I could give him, but he was convinced that she would not leave this world peacefully. The son also shared that he was terrified of dying as well. I think it was the first and only close relative he had actually known who was dying. He said his father abandoned he and his mother when he was just a kid. He had no connection with his grandparents and there were no siblings. I asked the son if he wanted me to go back to his mother’s room with him. That suggestion set him back a bit and he wanted to think about that for a little bit.

Finally, the son told me that there was no way he could go back to be with his mother. He handed me a watch and asked if I could put it in his mothers’ hand and stay with her until she died. Then he said that he wanted the watch back after she died because he didn’t want the medical staff to steal it. I wasn’t sure why he had that concern, but I was certainly willing to go and be with the woman as she passed.

I went back to her room, put the watch in her hand and told her that her son sent his love. I said a prayer and the life support was removed and she died within about ten minutes. I removed the watch from the woman’s hand and took it back out to her son. He thanked me and said that he had to get out of there and he was gone.

I don’t know how people can get so scared of dying and I’m not sure what messages they received in their lives that lead them to experience that kind of fear.

2:11 Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus doesn’t hesitate to treat them as family,  12 saying, I’ll tell my good friends, my brothers and sisters, all I know about you; I’ll join them in worship and praise to you.

13 Again, he puts himself in the same family circle when he says, even I live by placing my trust in God. And yet again, I’m here with the children God gave me.

14 Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death 15 and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.

16 It’s obvious, of course, that he didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham.  17 That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins,  18 he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.

We learn some things about ourselves and about Christ’s life and death in these texts. We hear about God perfecting Jesus who leads God’s children to their salvation. That perfection is achieved through human suffering and through doing battle with the evil forces that hold persuasion over death. Salvation involves liberation from the fear of death and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ made our salvation possible.
Consider your thoughts about death and dying. Are there any parts about death and dying that are worrisome to you? Would you say that you are a person who is ready to die when it’s your time? Would you say that you are a person who is scared to die? How much lead time would you like before you die? What things in your life do you hope are resolved before you die? Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you what most scared them when they were little

Prayers for Healing in our world: Parkland high school victims, Puerto Rico, Wildfires, Las Vegas victims, Victims of racism, actions of violence, homelessness, oppression, abuse

Remember in Prayer: Lis, Betsy, Kristen, Margie, Zula, Josh, Livy, Jaclyn, Carla, Jeremy, Sheri, Deana, John, James, Vivian, Claire, Mark, Anna, Heidi S. Sue, Mary Lynne, Bones, Nan, Jean, Analea, Frank

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Rev. Jose Luis Torres Milan, Joanne, Peggy, Logan, Dave, Jane, Mason

Prayer: We love you, O God, and we thank you for surrounding us with your love. Thank you the gift you have given us thru the birth, life, death, and resurrection of your Son for us. May we joyfully live in the moments you grant to each of us and look forward with joy to an eternal life with you. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

©2018 Lucia Oerter

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The Message Bible

A ministry at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette, IN

2-17-18 Daily E-Votional

Posted February 17, 2018 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Saturday, Feb. 17

John 17:20-26

Praying for someone you haven’t met.

Years before I met John, I began to pray for him. I prayed for that someone that ended up being John. I could envision the man I believed I would meet. I couldn’t figure out the logistics and specifics on how I would meet him. All I knew is that he was out there somewhere and I was sure he could use prayer. We all can use prayer, right? I was pretty sure that God had things worked out but I wanted even the tiniest hint of the where and when and who.

And so, I would pray. It would go something like this. Dear God, I know that the man of my heart might get frustrated today. Life or some trial in life might be getting him down. Please strengthen his heart in you so that he might grow in your ways every day. I know that he has hobbies and I’d ask that you give him the blessing of finding you in whatever hobby that is that draws him in and brings joy. I know that he likes people and that he has a clear sense of confidence in who you have made him to be. I thank you for the time when we will meet each other. Today, please keep him safe and protected from life’s troubles. May he feel my presence in some way. And thank you, God, for making him such a godly man. Amen.

When I met John, I knew he was the one I had been praying for all along the way.

I pray for people around the world who are struggling in some way and feel like there is no hope.

I pray for children who want to get to a safe place.

I pray for people who are in abusive relationships to find their way to safety and protection and healing.

I pray for the families and friends who have lost loved ones in the Parkland, Florida high school this week. I pray for, Nikolas Cruz, the shooter and his family. All need our prayers.

I pray for my great grandchildren and the generations to follow. I don’t know if I will live to meet them, but I can still pray for them.

17:20          I’m praying not only for them

But also for those who will believe in me

Because of them and their witness about me.

21        The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—

Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,

So they might be one heart and mind with us.

Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.

22        The same glory you gave me, I gave them,

So they’ll be as unified and together as we are—

23        I in them and you in me.

Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,

And give the godless world evidence

That you’ve sent me and loved them

In the same way you’ve loved me.

 

24          Father, I want those you gave me

To be with me, right where I am,

So they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me,

Having loved me

Long before there ever was a world.

25        Righteous Father, the world has never known you,

But I have known you, and these disciples know

That you sent me on this mission.

26        I have made your very being known to them—

Who you are and what you do—

And continue to make it known,

So that your love for me

Might be in them

Exactly as I am in them.

After Jesus’ death and resurrection, his disciples told many people about him. They spoke about salvation and they used Jesus’ name to do miracles. The good news about Jesus spread quickly and pretty soon there were the authors of the Gospels who recorded Jesus’ words and acts. And on and on down the line, Christians have continued to teach each other about Jesus. People have translated the Bible into many different languages and that’s how we know about Jesus. The prayer goes on and on to all of those who will share the Gospel message with others.

When have you prayed for someone you didn’t know? Do you find it difficult to pray for those you don’t personally know? If you were sick and your name was added to a prayer list at a church far away, do you think the people praying will still pray with the same energy as they would if they actually knew you? As you move thru today, think about, and pray for, all of the people you can remember who have helped you know more about God and Jesus. Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you what prayer they might want to say for a family that is very sad

Prayers for Healing in our world: Parkland high school victims, Puerto Rico, Wildfires, Las Vegas victims, Victims of racism, actions of violence, homelessness, oppression, abuse

Remember in Prayer: Lis, Betsy, Kristen, Margie, Zula, Josh, Livy, Jaclyn, Carla, Jeremy, Sheri, Deana, John, James, Vivian, Claire, Mark, Anna, Heidi S. Sue, Mary Lynne, Bones, Nan, Jean, Analea, Frank

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Rev. Jose Luis Torres Milan, Joanne, Peggy, Logan, Dave, Jane, Mason

Prayer: O God, we love you and we thank you for the gift of this day. We thank you that we can come to you in prayer and you will hear us. We pray for all those you will place in our lives. And we pray for those we may never meet but who stand in need of your help this day. Be with each one in their need and may they lean upon you in the days ahead.  Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

©2018 Lucia Oerter

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The Message Bible

A ministry at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette, IN

2-16-18 Daily E-Votional

Posted February 15, 2018 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Friday, Feb. 16

John 17:9-19

The Presbyterian Church (USA) publishes a Mission Yearbook of Prayer annually. Each page of the yearbook lifts up a unique ministry the Presbyterian church is supporting. We hear about people around the world, in our country, in our state, in our city, and maybe even in our own church. We often hear about ministries in individual churches.

What I found is that it is most difficult to write a paragraph or two to describe an area that encompasses hundreds of churches and their ministries. I know that because I was the one responsible for writing those words for the Synod of Alaska Northwest. Along with those short paragraphs describing a particular area and its ministry, there is a short list of names of people who work as missionaries, or who work for a Presbytery, or the Synod, or who work at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville, KY. On the day that the Synod of Alaska Northwest was featured on the page, I would often receive a phone call or an email or a hand written card. The message would include a person’s appreciation for our work and a prayer for the ministries of the Synod. I was so taken by a person or group taking the time to read about us and then, hold us in their prayers. That was so very cool and I really felt that there was prayer being spoken in many different places for those ministries.

Knowing that the power of prayer can, and does, make a difference, I began to commit myself to the reading of the Mission Yearbook of Prayer. For each page in the Mission Yearbook of Prayer, I read about the ministries and the people and I lift them up in prayer. As I’m writing this on the 15th, today’s page is about the Presbyterian Writers Guild and the award that will given at the PCUSA General Assembly gathering in St. Louis this summer. Just reminds me of the expanse of the Christian community out there making a difference.

Many times I don’t know exactly what to pray, but I trust that God will know what is most needed.

17:9 I pray for them. I’m not praying for the God-rejecting world but for those you gave me, for they are yours by right.

10 Everything mine is yours, and yours mine, and my life is on display in them.

11 For I’m no longer going to be visible in the world; they’ll continue in the world while I return to you. Holy Father, guard them as they pursue this life that you conferred as a gift through me, so they can be one heart and mind

12 As we are one heart and mind. As long as I was with them, I guarded them in the pursuit of the life you gave through me; I even posted a night watch. And not one of them got away, except for the rebel bent on destruction (the exception that proved the rule of Scripture). 

13 Now I’m returning to you. I’m saying these things in the world’s hearing so my people can experience my joy completed in them. 14 I gave them your word; the godless world hated them because of it, because they didn’t join the world’s ways, 15 just as I didn’t join the world’s ways. I’m not asking that you take them out of the world but that you guard them from the Evil One. 16 They are no more defined by the world than I am defined by the world. 17 Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth; your word is consecrating truth. 18 In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world. 19 I’m consecrating myself for their sakes so they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission.

Jesus does not pray that His disciples should be taken out of the world, but that they should be kept safe from evil while they remain in the world. They are not to go into monastic exclusion. They had a job to do in the world. He does not pray that they will escape, but that they will have victory. Not to desert the post to attain holiness, but to win victory.

When are you most likely to pray? Who are some people you remember and pray for on a regular basis? When someone tells you that they have been remembering you in their prayers, what does that mean to you? How would you pray for a person you do not know?   Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you what any child in the world would need each day

Prayers for Healing in our world: Puerto Rico, Wildfires, Las Vegas victims, Victims of racism, actions of violence, homelessness, oppression, abuse

Remember in Prayer: Lis, Betsy, Kristen, Margie, Zula, Josh, Livy, Jaclyn, Carla, Jeremy, Sheri, Deana, John, James, Vivian, Claire, Mark, Anna, Heidi S. Sue, Mary Lynne, Bones, Nan, Jean, Analea, Frank

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Rev. Jose Luis Torres Milan, Joanne, Peggy, Logan, Dave, Jane, Mason

Prayer:    O God, we thank you for the gift of this day. We thank you for your love that surrounds us. It is you, O God, who knows all things and the needs of each person. We pray for our brothers and sisters around the world that their daily needs are met. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

©2018 Lucia Oerter

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The Message Bible

A ministry at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette, IN

 

2-15-18 Daily E-Votional

Posted February 14, 2018 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Thursday, Feb. 15

John 17:1-8

Lent always leads me to one of those unknown times in life. Perhaps you are in one of these times as well, or maybe you can remember being at an unknown time in life at some other time.

I keep getting an image in my head of one of those roads where I can’t really see where the road is leading. While there is a road that is most definitely in place, I don’t know what the road will yield for me or if I’m to take the road at all.

Looking ahead from the beginning of the road, I wonder what it is that God wants of me. I wonder whether it’s a road that welcomes my feet; my travel. Has my personal GPS led me astray? Am I off by 100 yards and I just need to find a different road on which to travel? If I’m not on a road in life, where am I? Am I so defined by my work in life that I can’t find where it is that I am traveling? Am I so defined by outside influences that I’ve lost the ability, the openness, or the willingness to let my life be God-led?

17:1 Jesus said these things. Then, raising his eyes in prayer, he said: Father, it’s time. Display the bright splendor of your Son so the Son in turn may show your bright splendor.

2 You put him in charge of everything human so he might give real and eternal life to all in his charge.

3 And this is the real and eternal life: That they know you, the one and only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.

4 I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do.

5 And now, Father, glorify me with your very own splendor, the very splendor I had in your presence before there was a world.

6 I spelled out your character in detail to the men and women you gave me. They were yours in the first place; then you gave them to me, and they have now done what you said.

7 They know now, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that everything you gave me is firsthand from you,

8 For the message you gave me, I gave them; and they took it, and were convinced that I came from you. They believed that you sent me.

John 17 is in the form of a prayer to God, and is one of the longest speeches from Jesus in the whole Gospel. Within the passage, Jesus speaks intimately with God and reflects on what he has achieved. The theme of a father/son relationship is continued, as Jesus refers to himself as “your son” and calls God, “Father”. In previous passages, Jesus was protected from arrest by the fact that the hour had not yet come. This statement suggests that it is time for Jesus to be arrested, and for the passion to begin.

When have you felt like you were trying to find a road in life? What were you hoping to find along your travels? Where were you hoping this road would lead? Are there more times in life when you feel “you led” and not “God led?” What kind of road do you feel you are on right now? Is this road taking you to a deeper understanding of who Jesus Christ is to you and who you are in relationship to God?  Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you about their favorite road

Prayers for Healing in our world: Puerto Rico, Wildfires, Las Vegas victims, Victims of racism, actions of violence, homelessness, oppression, abuse

Remember in Prayer: Lis, Betsy, Kristen, Margie, Zula, Josh, Livy, Jaclyn, Carla, Jeremy, Sheri, Deana, John, James, Vivian, Claire, Mark, Anna, Heidi S. Sue, Mary Lynne, Bones, Nan, Jean, Analea, Frank

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Rev. Jose Luis Torres Milan, Joanne, Peggy, Logan, Dave, Jane, Mason

Prayer:    O God, we come to you this day in thanks for your love and care. Guide our journey this Lent that it may strengthen us in our relationship with you. Help us attend to the heart work you desire in us. Bless the road, the journey, and our growth in you. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

©2018 Lucia Oerter

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The Message Bible

A ministry at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette, IN