In our readings today, the people who believed in Jesus were bold enough to share his story with the world – a story we think about every day even today after 2000 years.
Consider this story:
The man whispered, "God, speak to me."
And a meadowlark sang. But the man did not hear.
So the man yelled, "God, speak to me!"
Thunder rolled across the sky. But the man did not listen.
The man looked around and said, "God, let me see you."
A star shone brightly. But he did not notice it.
And the man shouted, "God show me a miracle."
And a baby was born. But the man was unaware.
So, the man cried out in despair,
"Touch me, God, and let me know that you are here!"
Whereupon God reached down and touched the man.
But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.
Sometimes we miss out on blessings because it isn't packaged the way we expect it to be – we can be a little blind in some ways.
God open our eyes and ears, mind and heart
to help us see you all around.
We thank you for this day Lord.
May we see you in one place today
And in more places tomorrow.
We make our prayer in Jesus' name. Amen.
With eyes wide open we continue our day in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
We begin our prayer in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Things are popping up in our Easter season
Today, in the Acts of the Apostles (4:23-31) we hear of boldness!
After they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard it, they raised their voices together to God and said, 'Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth, the sea, and everything in them, it is you who said by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant:
"Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples imagine vain things?
The kings of the earth took their stand,
and the rulers have gathered together
against the Lord and against his Messiah."
For in this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.' When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.
Encountering Jesus changes us – that is how love works. The challenge before us is: "Are we open to such a boldness that puts us at the service of Jesus and the world?"
So, we pray:
Here I am. Lord – body, heart and soul.
With your love, may I be big enough to touch the whole world,
With moments of your grace and life
And small enough to be at one with you.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
We boldly go where no one has gone before – into our future in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.