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give us a clean heart series
September 26, 2021
Eighteenth Sunday of Pentecost
"Give Us a Clean Heart...For Removing Road Blocks with Healing Speech"
Number 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29        Psalm 19:7-14
James 5:13-20          Mark 9:38-50

In James 5:13-20, St. James advocates for action in faith. He asks if the followers of Christ suffer and knowing the answer, calls them to pray and ask for prayers for their situation. He describes prayer of the righteous as powerful and effective, evoking the human Elijah and the power of his prayer. In Numbers 11:4-6, the Jews are in exile from Egypt and before the settling of a new land. They are suffering and lamenting their situation but do not call for God to help. They are complicit in their inaction. We must remove the barriers that we can, to let God work. Our action, our prayer, is necessary to support our faith.

Daily Devotion
Thursday, September 23, 2021
God Is There In the Changes

“The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, ‘If only we had meat to eat!  We remember the fish we had to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at!’”  Numbers 11:4-6.  God had made a covenant with the Israelites and led them out of the slavery they experienced with the Egyptians.  As they wandered aimlessly and weren’t far from Egypt, they remembered only the good things they had to eat there, fresh fish and vegetables as the manna God sent to them they had to gather and it didn’t taste as good.  My husband missed the lutefisk he’d eaten every Christmas in Minnesota but I sure didn’t!  How many times have we heard and used the expression, “the grass is always greener on the other side?”  When we look back we often forget the bad experiences and only focus on the good things we miss.  When we look forward we need to accept all the differences and relish in what God has given us.  He always listens to us, even when we complain instead of speak joy and thanks for all we have.  Let us remember how much God loves us, he let his Son die for us so our sins would be forgiven for goodness sake, and may our words always be ones of thankfulness for ALL he has given us.  Prayer: Lord of hosts, remind us daily of your faithfulness to your people so that when we are burdened by changes in our life we may come to you and trust that you are with us.  Amen

Written by Mary Anderson
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