MORNING PRAYERS - 2020 4TH QUARTER

Monday, March 23rd - Mr. Dave Saunders

Jesus Calms the Storm- MARK 4: 35-41

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”  He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

I was reminded of this miracle this week and the connection it has with how we are coping with the Pandemic. You see when all around the boat was getting battered by the storms it was the disciples that could not cope, they panicked and feared for their lives. Jesus had to be woken up and then he calmed the storms. He even asked them, “Why are you so afraid?” You see with Jesus at their side there was calmness, when we try to do things in our own human frailty we often feel weak and helpless. So today tackle your life in the current climate with Jesus at your side and you too can feel that calmness that Jesus brings.

For our Prayer I have included some of the words of a hymn called “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”.

Drop thy still dews of quietness, till our strivings cease;

Take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of thy peace.

Breathe the heats of or desire they coolness and thy balm; let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;

Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, O still small, voice of calm.

 

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Thursday, March 26th - Mrs. Jeana Sutton

Last week at the beginning of break, Kyle and I planted grass seed and worked on the lawn.  I felt like we had accomplished so much, and I looked forward to seeing new grass sprout. But then, it got cold, and it rained...a lot.  All of the grass seed we planted had washed away, and all of the work we did was fruitless. Add to that: It was cloudy, cold, we gave up our spring break plans, and we were stuck inside.  It’s pretty easy for me to feel sorry for myself when I think of the past week. I think all of us can relate to that. However, we’re forgetting what time of year it is: It’s Lent. We are preparing for Easter, for Christ’s resurrection, which, besides Christmas, is one of the most joyful days of the year.  We can think of how depressing life is right now, but there is a light at the end, Christ’s light. Focus on that. Focus on the sacrifices you have made this Lent and how all of them will be worth it. Focus on your faith and your relationship with God. 

 

Let us pray.  During this time of darkness, God, remind us that this season of Lent is a time for us to renew our hearts and minds and remind us that we are getting closer to Christ’s light.  We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

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Friday, March 27th - Mr. Russ Hembrey

I have always wanted to know how things work.  When I was young, I was the kid who took apart my bike, switched out the car stereo, and I may or may not have disassembled that old wall-mounted radio in my house without my parents’ consent and then re-assembled it to the best of my ability and they never knew.  I will neither confirm nor deny that last one.

 

That’s why matters of faith were always hard for me to grasp.  How can it be that Mary ascended to heaven, body and soul? How is the Trinity three parts of God that are all fully God? Explain the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist…

 

As I learned to pray the mysteries of the Rosary, I began to ponder the idea of mysteries. I started to let go of my “need to know” about spiritual things.  There are some things that are mysteries and will remain mysteries. After all, God is incomprehensible. God’s ways are beyond my understanding, so I need to not worry about it.  Wasting my time worrying about how God operates, takes away from my time just loving God and his creation. We’re not called to understand it; we’re just called to believe it. Especially in this time of fear and uncertainty, all we can do is trust that God has a plan and not try to figure it out.  Love God. Trust God. Love each other.

 

Let us pray:

Dear Lord, help us to avoid the temptation of trying to understand your ways and your mysteries.  Keep us focused on your love and your creation. When we stay in our lane and let you stay in yours, we will mysteriously find ourselves growing closer to you.  We ask all of this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Monday, March 30th - Mrs. Alive Kauble

Impossible…. What does that mean to you?  It may be a diagnosis of cancer….. It may be impossible to get into that dream school…… It could be a family broken by divorce or living in poverty with no hope of getting out…….These are all situations that seem to be impossible, something that is beyond our ability to attain or change.   Jesus never saw impossibilities. When 5000 people needed to be fed, he fed them with five loaves of bread and two fish….. impossible. When Lazarus lay dead in the grave for four days, Jesus raised him to life ……. Impossible. When Jesus walked on the water, he let Peter have a try….. Impossible.   Right now things may look pretty impossible to you. When we all started school in August none of us would have been able to predict that by March we would be forced to stay in our homes, in the midst of a word-wide pandemic, and economic recession. But that is where we are as a ridiculous as it may seem.    Our lives will be filled with other impossible events, events that challenge our faith and our understanding of life. Take this opportunity to flex your faith muscles and see what Christ has to teach you through this experience. Someday in the near or distant future you will be faced with an impossible dilemma, like now!!  You may be the one with the cancer diagnosis, your parents may be splitting up, your best friend has been kicked out of their house, your dad just lost his job, whatever the impossible situation you may find yourself in Jesus has already been there ahead of you and knows how to help you through that impossibility. Please consider this time as an opportunity to prepare for that time in your future when there seems to be no way out and look to Jesus to give you the hope and peace to endure the impossible problems in your life.  On Good Friday all of Jesus’s followers felt like the bottom had dropped out of their lives and they were left without hope…… Until Sunday……. Then Jesus did the Impossible!!!