Month: כ״ג באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ט (February 28, 2019)

Minchah Prayer 02-27-19

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You are awesome Yahweh! We know in our minds You match the definition of that word and say a truth.

But Father our struggle is in experiencing the truth of that word, to actually be overcome, undone, before You in our quiet moments of prayer, whenever we see the evidence of You in creation, in witnessing loving kindness, one person towards another.

You are awesome!

Your glory does fill the universe.

And yet You do… consider us.

Father…knead our hearts and spirits into a tenderness and softness that enables us to truly be in awe of You… at even the tiniest suggestion of Your presence or movement… even in the repetitive and familiar of what You have already taught us.

May we not be children too quick to seek the new, the greater and more amazing You have to show us, in a continual state of harvesting and storing knowledge when what You have given already has not yet been processed and digested and yes…..applied.

May the knowledge You bring to our minds be accompanied with commensurate wonder and amazement for You in our hearts. Enable us to learn that way.

And as the high of that wonder gives way to the work of applying new knowledge to our lives may we stick with it, ponder it and work to extract everything it has to give and accomplish in our lives and the lives of others.

Enable us to remember and continue doing what You have already given us, to the end that it becomes fixed in us, our nature and way.

May working what we know already, bring us to awe and wonder of You just as the discovery of something new does when You reveal it to us.

May we never be so enthralled with the pursuit of new knowledge that we neglect the repetition and review and work of applying, the knowledge we have already been given, or become slack in going over it again, carefully, when sitting at home, traveling on the road, when we lie down and when we get up, engraving it on the doorposts of our homes, our minds and our hearts.

You are awesome Father!

You are glorious!

May You forever be glorified!

May we know the wonder of being struck down in awe.

In Yeshua’s name we pray,

Amen.

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There Is A Scripture 02-22-19

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A woman in her prime is cut down by someone she doesn’t know or who doesn’t know her, an infant is put down for sleep and doesn’t wake up, or an adolescent or youth approaching adulthood is stricken with disease, for reasons unknown to us.

The old ones die and that is the nature of things but the young, the innocent, why does that happen? What purpose is served, what justice was needed?

We look on and we turn and say…Father?……..

When I make that call I usually experience silence. There is no immediate response, no audible word, no scripture that illuminates. It’s silence.

But this isn’t a cue for me to figure, this is one of those things there is no answer for or that I’m not going to get one. For me the silence has indeed been a response to my call. It is a response that calls for me to think and remember and trust.

We are all born into the thick of things, not a perfect world which begins developing for good or bad at the time of our birth. The world, when we come into it is already what it is.

We were not there to see the emergence of mountains and flat lands from a wide expanse of waters. We did not watch as multitudes of creatures appeared in the clear waters of rivers and seas, multitudes of grasses and trees emerge from the earth towards the sky or watch as winged creatures appeared and soared there.

We didn’t witness an invisible breeze, stirring the dust of the earth, swirling it to standing form, moistened by the dew, and flow into the nostrils giving life to man.

We weren’t there to witness the emergence from one to form two that were created to be one.

If we had been there, we would have been born into a perfect world and none of the ills of this age we are in would have existed. There would be no questions from broken hearts.

But we weren’t.

Well, is that it?

It is, I suppose, if we want answers that meet our sense of logic, that explain everything in terms acceptable to us, make things right, give meaning, from our perspective. But maybe we think too much of ourselves. After all, we are the created, not the Creator. And we are not all knowing.

“Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?…Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding…” Job 38:2, 4 AKJV.

We want our answers now. We want them to be what we think they should be. But Yahweh has created us to rise to a high standard and to achieve that by His ways and one of those ways is to remain in trusting and worshiping Him whether it makes sense or not, is easy or not.

In the garden Yeshua pleads, isn’t there some other way, as we do, asking does it have to be this way?

Yeshua was an innocent. There was no justification, no purpose, no meaning for His death, from a worldly perspective. But it happened all the same. He could have cried out…Father?… Those close to Him could have cried out… Father?……

But He accepted and trusted, went through it, never rebelling or questioning or doubting, rather submitting in love for the Father and out of love for His fellow man. Did He not?

“…never the less, not My will, but Thine, be done…” Luke 22:42 AKJV.

“Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34 AKJV.

Yeshua and what happened to Him is the pattern for us and how we should view things and act.

When circumstances, especially those that don’t seem right happen and we say: “Father, You ask too much. This is more than I can bare. Why Father, why?”, can we say “Ok Father. I don’t understand. It seems so meaningless. But it is Your will. And Your will and Your purpose is not meaningless. The ways which You achieve them do not reflect greater or lesser value of us, Your created ones. Your view and our fellowship with You is eternal. We sorrow now but we will not question. We trust You Father and we praise You.”?

Father, if You would please, be tenderly patient with us in our moments of anger and confusion, sorrow and question, when in our humanness we struggle to figure things out, things that we think just don’t serve a purpose.

In those moments Father, bring to our minds that You measure, and reward, by a different scale. The weights and measures of that scale, You have assigned value to, and their value is not determined by length of time, or scale of grandeur, or outward appearance, the standards of man.

In Your measure, small things can be great, great things can be small.

 

Enable us to be strong in trust and faithfulness to You in times when we see and when we don’t see.

As we praise and pray and live, Father, give us strength and comfort and peace so that we will not be overcome, so that we can represent You well and be pleasing to You.

May You be glorified Powerful, All Knowing, Just and Merciful One, our Father.

In Yeshua’s name we pray,

Amen.

May God’s love be in us all.

Elder.

Minchah Prayer 02-20-19

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Father, You made everything for its purpose and gave it a season.
 
Thank You Father in particular for those You have given us to be our close friends, for a set time and purpose.
 
Or maybe its forever. What do I know?
 
All we know is that they are there. They like us, they love us. They are attuned to our lives and respond to whatever is going on in them. They make conversation with us, laugh with us, cry with us, criticize us and compliment us. They are concerned for our welfare and well being. They laugh at us when we take ourselves too seriously and declare to us our worth and meaning when we think we have none. They stand by us against opposition. Those who oppose us oppose them, yet in privacy they will correct us if we were in err. They are those who can be trusted, with whom we can be unguarded, who know us and we them, with intimacy.
 
Few are those close ones in a life time and fortunate indeed we are Father, that You have given them to us. Thank You so much.
 
For at the end of the season, if they go first, that spirit which animated the vehicle in which it resided, that soul, that unique character and being You created, will leave its temporary home and us. Memories will have to suffice in the absence of presence, thoughts in the place of activity.
 
But thank You Father. Thank You.
 
Life diminished by their going is fuller because they were here. What has been taken is balanced by what was given. We, blessed to remain, can be increase for others to whom You give us. May we give as well as we were given to.
 
Thank You Father. Thank You. Thank You so much.
 
In Yeshua’s name we pray,
 
Amen. 

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