Blessed are the Eyes that see with Liz Lemon Swindle - artist
11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, to test him. 12
And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.” 13
And he left them, and getting into the boat again he departed to the other side.
Now they had forgotten to bring bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
Our Father Lives in Heaven. He created and gave us glimpse of Heaven.
Hallowed be thy Name. Jesus the Lord.
Thy Kingdom come to make earth better during our time here.
I bet, Father, if You show people how, they would each day. Mostly.
Thy will be done on earth as Your Word has shown us to be. Amazing.
Give us the Day. Help us to use this with Gratitude, Verve and Good Cheer seeing what we need from each day.
Our Daily Bread. To earn this, be given this as a gift, to have the gift of work, to be pleasing to You in Balance.
To put in our spade and find gratitude and work with that task in joy. Be our Bread of Life, please, Jesus.
Forgive me my sins. Mostly self first. And having the thoughts that defile from within. I have overcome before in Jesus and will continue to ask His help.
Forgiven. To give forgiveness. As I have been blessed. Knowing that when I don't want to, part of me does. And that part is the road to discernment, to peace and bridges of the future. To want to put down the offended upset. To see error or to see giving that to God.
Lead me not into temptation. Seeing that God provides an exit.
Deliver me from evil. Because HE has and does. Forever in Lord Jesus.
The Kingdom I want and rejoice in - is The Kingdom of Jesus. For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, the Glory. In the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
You ever heard some one swear "Jesus". I grew up that way. Which was a strange combination of Parochial Episcopal School and my Daddy loved Jesus but also enjoyed saying "Jesus." No matter how you say that Name, there is Power in the Name. And sometimes my deepest sympathy went to Daddy to see him sweating and hollering.
So, go gently with me when I say. Jesus. The Lord.
Poor Jesus. He has so much work cut out for Him. I can see Pharisees raising their hands and looking like white chickens in those robes. My Daddy pointed that out to me once, which I thought - oh man - he does not get this. And you know, if I'd been willing - I'd have heard.
Can you see Jesus in the warmth of the day looking at the Pharisees in their garments with their hands up in the air - He might have even thought they did look like chickens.
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing."
So, this looks like they get in the boat, sail away and that's Paul Harvey "The Rest of the Story". God always gets the best, greatest, most heart warming, if you look for it "seek find" moment. They forgot the bread. The story is going to continue.
We call this blog "Scripture for Today". How does this relate to your life - Today? God has humor. Today - or this week - your going to have to turn around - repair an "I forgot" or "And I need to do this." And you will wonder, I am I getting older, am I always going to do this. And the point is - that in all our moments of our lives - God is there. Like not having bread in the boat.
If we have this thought of mental chastisement and then we throw in God in our thoughts and prayer - He is going to be pleased. And Jesus is "That Guy", the one in the Boat with the clue. And HE isn't going to leave us chickens.
Even if they stomp back to the shore, to pick up the dang bread.
Morosely sail forth, wondering, if the bread is always going to be forgotten.
Study the horizon with a squint, wondering, if they are doomed to be without bread.
Huddle down, wondering, who has good bread right this moment and yank the shawl tighter.
Jesus - the Man with the clue - knows where the bread is and whether you need the bread.
And Jesus might even smile a little as you think this out.
God has put humor in the Bible. I'm going to share with you this truth. It's timely and true. And it's part of Mark Chapter 8. Jesus is God.
22 And they came to Beth-sa′ida. And some people brought to him a blind man, and begged him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the village; and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands upon him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see men; but they look like trees, walking.” 25 Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and saw everything clearly.
My Brother John called me from an Airport almost beside himself with glee that Jesus had to live this because this is what brain surgery requires. And you had to "live this" because medicine two thousand years ago couldn't "Know this"...
The humor is in the next sentence. And is Jesus the Lord !!! (Well since you see clearly now...)
26 And he sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”
Which is pretty dang funny. Because the man didn't have bread, so...
Jesus the Lord, is, for every soul created - "The Rest of the Story!!!"