January – 2018

First Thursday, Jan 4 (Matthew 2.11)

Jan 7 – Seeing Possibilities

Ernest Holmes wrote:
“O Soul of mine, look out and see; look up and know thy freedom. Be not cast down nor dismayed; be uplifted within me and exult, for thy salvation has come. Behold the wonders of the Great Whole and the marvels of the Universe. Look out and see thy good. It is not afar off, but is at hand. Prepare thyself to accept and believe; to know and live. Let Life enter and live through thee, Soul of mine, and rejoice that thou hast vision so fair and so complete. Rejoice that the Perfect Whole is so completely reflected through thee.”

(+) The Good News as recorded in the Fourth Gospel (John 1.35-50, NRSV):
…John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.”

They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God!…” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.”

Prayer: “God of all people, you called many by name, asking them to follow to Jesus…Call us by name, and help us to follow…Amen.”

Jan 14 – Goodness Revealed
Ernest Holmes wrote:
“I am one with Perfect Action. Everything that I do, say or think is quickened into action through this right understanding and this correct knowing. The harmonious action of the Great Whole operates through me now and at all times. I cam carried along by this Right Action and am compelled to do the right thing at the right time. There is nothing in me that can hinder this action from flowing through me.”

(+) The Good News as recorded in the Fourth Gospel (John 2.2-11, NRSV):
Jesus and his disciples had…been invited to [a] wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Prayer: “God of revelation, you made [the Christ] known at a wedding, a public celebration of love. Celebrate love with us by revealing [Christ] in our midst. Amen.”

Jan 21 – We Can Make a Difference
Ernest Holmes wrote:
“I have the power to live the life of good. My power is from on High, it cannot be taken from me; it will not leave me desolate. Power flows through me and is in me, I can now feel and sense it. The power to live is in me and it cannot desert me. It is my power and is continually present.”

(+) The Good News as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew (21.12-17, NRSV):
Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers.”

The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the [descendant] of David,” they became angry and said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,

‘Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise for yourself’?”

He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.

Prayer: “Patient God…Jesus expressed anger at abuses and injustice. Help us to show concern, not apathy, for injustices in our world, and teach us to make right all that may be wrong. Amen.”

Jan 28 – New Life

We read in the Psalter (Psalm 139.14-15, NRSV):
I praise you [God], for I am [awesomely] and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

(+) The Good News as recorded in the Fourth Gospel (John 3.1-8, 19-21, NRSV):
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a [religious] leader…He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

Prayer: “Birthing God, you [give] us new life…Help us to live into that new life, refreshed and renewed for your work. Amen.”

 

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