DAVID'S REFLECTIONS AND INSPIRATIONS
July 26, 2015.
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Prayers please for all the chruch communities that have had their houses of worship burned down. Blessing to all of them and to all those that will help them all rebuild.
Prayers for the people of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Prayers for our nation that we might find healing for the soul tearing wounds that such tragedies cause in our hearts, in our communities, in our families, and in our relationships.
Prayers for all peoples of all races and all faiths that we might come together as one.
Prayers for Peace Shalom Salaam Alaykum:
Miracles and Sacraments
A sacrament is an outward and visable sign of the grace of God. In sacraments, God works in us the power of forgiveness, the renewal of the spirit, and the knowledge of the call to be God's people always in all ways
In our old testament reading from II Kings Elisha takes a small quantity of bread and feeds the people. His servants are doubtful that the small quantity can feed those that are gathered. And yet...
In John's gospel 6:1-21 Jesus is surrounded by a crowd of about 5000. They have come for various reasons to see this miracle worker who has caused the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk. He has cast out demons and he even has raised the dead.
When Jesus sees them he is filled with compassion and knows that they need to be fed. His disciples are doubtful that the meager supplies that arepesented to them can do the job. Five loaves and two fish. Jesus turned it over to God the father in prayer. The people were fed.
A miralce is by definition an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the presence or power of God.
Elisha feeds the people, Jesus feeds the people.
Where is it that sacrament and miralce intersect?
The secind reading from John speaks of that moment where the simple fisherment followers of Jesus are caught in a storm and believe they see Jesus walking to them on the water. They are initially afraid. He assures them to not be afraid that it his indeed him that they see. They want to take him into the boat, and at that moment they reach the safety of the shore.
When they put their trust in Jesus, When they put their trust in God , they are given shelter and safety from the rough seas and stroming winds. They arrive on solid ground.
These readings speak of miralces and sacraments.
Certainly the sacrament of communion can be seen in the miracles of all the people being fed. It is not difficult to see how often it is in the breaking of the bread, Jesus is known. It is easy to imagine that when we are fed, we are filled with the nutrition of the meal and that we are made more spiritually aware that God is working in us his power of healing, forgiveness, charity, and love.
In the boat on the lake overcome with uncertainty and fear, the simple fishermen followers of Christ fear that they will be overcome and drown in the waters of the lake.
Perhaps this is a type of baptism. As soon as they face their fears and see Jesus, who takes away the fear, they are redeemed. God's outward presence reveals to them that they are alive and on soild ground.
Communion and Baptism in Sacrament and Miralce.
When we call on the Lord We get and answer.