Monday, March 16, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family,

Here are our Daily Bible Readings from the Daily Office for today, with a reflection from me. Click on the links to see the Readings.  I pray that you will find it helpful.

Peace,
Rick+

Monday, March 16, 2020                    RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2

AM Psalm 80

PM Psalm 77, [79]
Gen. 44:18-34;

1 Cor. 7:25-31

Mark 5:21-43

The Psalms: The prayers that pray us. I think of the Psalms as the prayers that pray us, because the Psalmists are boldly honest, sometimes bluntly so, in their prayers with God. We see it in all our Psalms today. Their honesty shocks us and even causes us to recoil at times. “I would never say such a thing to God!” We think. “What a terrible attitude, thought, wish, request!” We can come away from the Psalms, if we allow ourselves to, with a sense that we are different from the writers; that we are a better people. But on closer inspection, if we are honest, we find that we have merely tamped down and covered over the same in ourselves. The honesty of the Psalmists prays for us what we do not want to own. And that is what God wants. God wants us to be honest about what we are thinking and feeling. It is when we have trod the breadth of our thinking, and plumbed the depths of our emotions, that our prayers become a dialogue with God. A Place of meeting. Be fully honest in your prayers today.

Then do one more thing as the Psalmists nearly always do: It is there, in verse 11 of Psalm 77, “I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; I will remember your wonders of old.” Remember and dwell on God’s faithfulness in your life in the past. It will restore your sense of God’s faithfulness to you for the present, and it will give you confidence in God’s faithfulness for you into the future.