Does anybody really know what day of the week it is anymore?
Today is Tuesday, but it doesn’t really matter, yesterday I shared Day 30 from Trypraying, and one eagle eyed reader commented that she was only on day 29 and must have missed a day somewhere. Of course I had got it wrong, today is Day 30 of Trypraying 2020.
Day 30 - Trypraying 2020 (It really is Day 30)
Because this is the second time that we are using the Trypraying book in Burnside, it is fascinating to think how things have changed since were first reading these same passages in October/November 2019. It is only a few months ago, but think of the context change. Last time we read todays reading we perhaps thought, that is a lovely story of a young person in a foreign country trusting in God for all that she needs. Perhaps we uttered a quick prayer thanking God for the abundance that we have. Although we are still far removed from this girl in Africa, suddenly we no longer have the convenience and abundance that we were used to, and yet the words of Matthew 6 still hold true.
‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6: 28-34
All of this fits in with our Tides reading today, and we are invited to listen to this song, Remember by Lauren Daigle
- “I remember, I remember You have always been faithful to me.“
Jamaican President Prays
A number of people online have been sharing a video of the Jamaican President leading his nation in prayer. It is a powerful example of an old testament prophet confessing the sins of the people before God and seeking his forgiveness. Most people have been suggesting that this is the president’s response to Corona Virus, however the video was recorded a few years ago, but it is still a very powerful message and is what we need our national leaders to be doing. Repenting of our sin and seeking forgiveness. There are many politicians who claim to be disciples of Jesus, perhaps we need to pray that they would have the courage to speak out and call the nation to repent. As a nation we need our Queen to publically declare her faith and call every man woman and child to bow before the Lord Almighty. Our church leaders are calling us to pray and as we pray it is very easy to see the need for others to repent, but we need to repent ourselves and ask God for mercy. In Trypraying we have been asking God for revival, and we have noted that in the past Revival has come about when there is conviction of sin. Let us ask God to forgive us as his church and as his followers for the ways that we have failed to be clear witnesses for Him.
The prayer can be heard hear.
A testimony by Dr Julian Urban, a 38-year-old doctor in Lombardy
You may be interested to hear of what God is doing in the lives of Doctors in Italy.
Up until two weeks ago, my colleagues and I were atheists…I always laughed at my parents when they went to church. Nine days ago, a 75-year-old pastor came to us for medical help. He had grave respiratory problems, but he had a Bible with him and it impressed us that he was reading the Bible to the people who were dying and holding their hands.
We were all tired, discouraged doctors, psychologically and physically spent, and so we found that we were listening to him... We realized that we have reached the limits of what man can do. We need God, and we have begun to ask for his help, when we have a few moments free. We cannot believe that we who were fierce atheists are now seeking for interior peace by asking the Lord to help us...
The 75-year old pastor [has now] died. Despite the fact that in the last three weeks we have had over 120 people die in our unit, and we are all exhausted and feel destroyed, he succeeded, despite his own condition and our own difficulties, to bring us a PEACE that we no longer hoped to find.
The Bible Society have a Bible course online, the first session of which can be found here.
If you have some Little ones in the house to look after at the moment or you just fancy trying some craft yourself, Ben and Hannah Dunnett are posting some great ideas on their blog. They also have a superb range of greeting cards, with bible verses woven into the designs that anybody would be delighted to receive.
In This Moment
This is a prayer that the Presbyterian Church has produced for us to use in this moment.