Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Psalm 30, 32
Isaiah 8:1–15        
2 Thessalonians 3:6–18        
Lk 22:31–38

Simon Peter, sure-footed and confident, is ready to follow Jesus anywhere, even die for him! I just can’t imagine what he must have felt like when Jesus says that Peter will deny knowing him 3 times before dawn!  Put down?  Gob-smacked?  Afraid?  Offended?  Guilty?  Jesus is the one who knows the reality, not just of Peter, but of all of us.  We usually have good intentions to ‘follow’ Christ but how present are we to the Presence within ourselves?  How often do we really listen to the God within, put on the face of Christ and act from that Presence?

On this day in 1920, the UN established the International Court of Justice in The Hague.  This day in 1993 was the deadline for the Israeli troop withdrawal from Gaza.  Twenty-one years later this has just happened.  Do we dare to hope for peace between Israel and Palestine?

We can feel powerless when we think of the nearly 90 conflicts happening in the world today, yet in the end, God/Love will prevail.  Jesus assured Peter that He had been praying for him; and his faith, although it would falter, would not be destroyed.

I need to remember that each time I falter, forgetting to acknowledge Christ’s presence, it is a chance to return to God’s love.  It is only with God’s love strengthening me, that I have a chance to breathe peace into a world full of conflict.

Consider the difference in our actions and God’s actions.                                

We often ask, “Why did you do that  
or “Why did I act like that?”                                          
We do act. And yet everything we do                              
is God’s creative action.   - Rumi

- Doreen Davidson

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