Earthly Trials – Good News for July 29

29 07 2010

John 11:19-27

Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother Lazarus, who had died. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.”

Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.”

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”

The Daily Path: Lord. this morning my heart is filled with anger and I long for justice. Unlock the grace of the Holy Spirit within me. Remove the rage. Remove the desire for vengeance against one who has acted against me and my family. Show me the strength to find forgiveness. Grant me the wisdom to firmly believe in you so that I may rise above this. Please Father, lead me to your peace.

8 05 2010

John 15:18-21

Jesus said to his disciples, “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.

Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.”

The Daily Path: There is so much anger and hurt in this world. Even when the Son of Man walked among us – to spread the message of God’s love for the benefit of all – he  was attacked and killed. How do we move beyond the hurt that fosters such anger? What do we do to extinguish the fires of blind hate?

This isn’t a “you” issue in the sense of “You’re mad. You’re acting act. You’re hurt, it’s not my problem. You deal with it.” It can’t be about “you”. It has to be about “me”.

What can I do, today, to help heal a hurt? If I reach out with one small, seemingly insignificant act of love, can it make a difference in “your” life?

Let’s watch for our chance. It doesn’t hurt to look.

Me Agenda – Good News for January 20

20 01 2010

Mark 3:1-6

Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him.

He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent.

Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

The Daily Path: How is it that these Pharisees could completely overlook the good in such an amazing miracle? The fact that a man was relieved of his suffering didn’t matter in the least. They were blinded by their own agenda and ego.

It’s not comfortable to think about all the times I’ve done the same thing. An assistance condemned because “me” was in a bad mood or it wasn’t exactly what “me” wanted. When will I learn?

Room to Chat: The suffering continues in Haiti.

We Go – Good News for June 8

8 06 2009

Matthew 5:1-12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

The Daily Path: Oh, to be counted among the blessed. Although it’s an easy road to find, walking it proves much more difficult. Each of these requires us to move beyond ego. If “we go” to God it has to be Without EGO.

Look at the job requirements under Blessed: poor in spirit, mourner, peacemaker, meek, clean of heart, righteous, merciful, willingness to accept persecution.

Each of these requires us to move beyond ego. If “we go” to God it has to be a along a path Without EGO

Think of all the opportunities we have to be blessed… even in just one 24 hour day. How will I do when asked to remove the ME from meek? Can I put ME aside and foster peace when my blood boils with anger in the moment? Will I have the courage to faithfully acknowledge Jesus even if it MEans taking a worldly hit? Am I willing to put My nEeds aside to comfort those who mourn and carry some of their load? 

I can expand further, but hopefully you can see my point. The path to God requires WEGO without Me.

Room to Chat: I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Blessed the man who takes refuge in him. (Psalms 34) 

Seek the Lord today.

Throwing Rocks At Jesus – Good News for April 2

2 04 2009

So they picked up stones to throw at him…

John 8:51-59

Jesus said to the Jews, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.”  So the Jews said to him, “Now we are sure that you are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Or the prophets, who died? Who do you make yourself out to be?” 

Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ You do not know him, but I know him. And if I should say that I do not know him, I would be like you a liar. But I do know him and I keep his word. Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.” 

So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” So they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.

The Daily Path: While I have never intended to pick up a stone and throw it at Jesus, there have been times when I’ve thrown stones at others. Anger. Verbal attacks. Gossip. Hurtful acts. Until now, I’ve never looked at these “stonings” as being directed at God. But of course, they are. For He is the Father who lives within the targets of my assault. 

This is the first time I’ve read this passage from John, and I’m glad that I did.

Room to Chat: As you experience some joy in your day, please ask God to extend some of that grace all the way to Michael. (See Room to Chat: Come Out – Good News for March 29)

Finding the Child in a Storm – Good News for December 2

2 12 2008

Luke 10: 21-24

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. 

Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” 

The Daily Path: I made a serious mistake this morning…

I departed from my usual routine of starting each day by reading the Gospel. Instead, I went directly to my e-mail to check the status of a business meeting scheduled for this week. While checking messages I opened a business related note from a colleague. That note sent me into a rage. My friends, I must confess that I’m still angry as I type these words. My blood pressure is boiling. What a horrible way to start the day. (Deep breath. Calm down, Kin.)

A number of years ago, one of my life teachers (Dr. Wayne Dyer) explained how we are often closest to source (God) when we first wake from a night’s sleep. And, like Dr. Dyer, I find both peace and inspiration from God usually flows through me like a river in those waking hours.

When I first started reading the Gospel early in the morning it was an attempt, I’ll even say a desperate attempt, to find a sense of peace that was alluding me each night. As some of you know, I would wake up at 3 a.m. filled with anxiety and anger. Reading and focusing on the Good News of the Gospel helped me to calm down and in many cases allow me to go back to bed for some sleep. Over time, these anxiety filled wake-up calls ceased. Now I wake up refreshed, anxious to contemplate God, read Christ’s teachings, craft my Good News To-Go! blog, and get ready for the day.

Now back to today’s failing… Why did I open that e-mail? Why did I stray from the routine that I know starts me off on the path where God wants me. I may get diverted later today but at least I start out closer to what Jesus calls “the childlike” to whom God will reveal Himself. Obviously today will be a challenge if I allow this poison to continue to flow through me.

Lord, please heal me. Remove this anger. Show me the way to get beyond it. Please help me and all who must deal with stressful situations in our business, and life in general, to feel Your love. Grant us peace, this day… please.

Advent Meditation: Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.