Continuing the theme of forgiveness this week we turn to the Lord’s Prayer and find out how our forgiveness is dependant on us forgiving.
What do you say?’ are words often addressed by a parent to a child who is about to receive a treat, and children are usually quick to learn that the treat is delivered more quickly when they say ‘Thank you!’
In Luke 17:11-19 we read the account of Jesus on His way to Jerusalem when He encountered ten men who had leprosy. It is interesting that in Verse 12 of the NIV account of this story we are told ‘They stood at a distance,’ which is so relevant at present as we observe ‘social distancing.’
The remainder of the story relates to the fact that the men were healed, but only one of them returned to say thanks. Jesus asked, ‘Where are the other nine?’ and then added, ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well.’
We learn from this that Jesus expected the other nine to bring their thanks, and surely this is important for us to remember today. Psalm 106:1 NIV exhorts us to ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.’
Katherine Kennicott Davis (1892 –1980) was an American former teacher, classical music composer and pianist who wrote ‘The Little Drummer Boy.’ Another Song by Katherine is ‘Let All Things Now Living,’ which uses the melody of the traditional Welsh folk song ‘The Ash Grove.’
The lyrics invite us to bring a Song of Thanksgiving to God the Creator who guides us on to the end of our days.
Let’s Pray For Preparations For Winter
Give thanks for ongoing preparations in government and health provision to deal with the risk of increased infection from coronavirus during winter, asking that God would give greater readiness as the result of lessons already learned.
Pray that winter would not result in a second spike of coronavirus and that God would particularly protect the vulnerable and those with underlying health conditions.
After his recent death, today we have a few videos concerning J.I. Packer.
Speaking about the need for personal holiness. This is an incredibly powerful message that I have listened to more than once over the years. Packer delivers the message in his own style with humility and authority.
Continuing the interest in JI Packer today here is an interview conducted by John Piper.
A short lesson from JI Packer
The times for yesterday’s Jigsaw
Now would anyone like to try the Friday Jigsaw?
I always say the Friday one is more difficult and will take longer, but this one might be nearly impossible.
The puzzle features Alfie (our friends’ dog) who is hidden in a field.
Enjoy the puzzle but don’t waste your whole weekend.
Play the "Alfie" puzzle!