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upset my money tables

Trust Jesus to upset any system whereby I think that I can provide myself with my daily bread with no thought to him and his agenda.

We are to be people of prayer – relationship with him, but we spend our time fretting about the gifts he has given us, rather than spending our time with him, the giver of life and all good gifts.

I noticed that in this section some people were getting upset at the wonderful things that he [Jesus] did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” Matthew 28:15 ESV

Matthew 28:12-17

And Jesus entered the temple
and drove out all
who sold and bought in the temple,
and he overturned the tables
of the money-changers
and the seats
of those who sold pigeons.
He said to them,
“It is written,
‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’
but you make it a den of robbers.”
And the blind and the lame
came to him in the temple,
and he healed them.
But when the chief priests and the scribes
saw the wonderful things that he did,
and the children crying out in the temple,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
they were indignant,
and they said to him,
“Do you hear what these are saying?”
And Jesus said to them,
“Yes; have you never read,
“‘Out of the mouth of infants
and nursing babies
you have prepared praise’?”

And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

 

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+21%3A12-17&version=ESV

 

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Worthily Lamenting

There is a phrase in an Anglican collect (group prayer) for Lent that mentions us “worthily lamenting” our sin.  I don’t think that that phrase always describes my relationship to sin.

I’m more likely to lament the consequences of sin or regret because of the way I feel afterwards.

perhaps remorse and self-loathing is a beginning step, or else a counterfeit for worthy lament.

Lord, let me worthily lament my sin:

  • My selfishness.
  • My caring more about my comfort than the comfort of others.
  • My caring about what others think of me more than what they think of You, or what you think of me

From the bulletin for the Ash Wednesday service: Lent Prose

lenten prose cropped

Our choir sings “Lent Prose” at services throughout Lent.  The music is beautiful; the words, a wonderful prayer.

We ask God to do what he loves to do: have mercy on us when we stop deceiving ourselves about sin and turn to him for mercy.