light in the darkness

posted 16 Jul 2011, 06:55 by Mark Broomhead   [ updated 16 Jul 2011, 08:15 ]
May the light in the darkness be with us
May the peace and grace that makes no sense be in us
Let us be thankful to our god

Psalm 136

 1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. 
   His love endures forever. 
2 Give thanks to the God of gods. 
   His love endures forever. 
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords: 
   His love endures forever.

 4 to him who alone does great wonders, 
   His love endures forever. 
5 who by his understanding made the heavens, 
   His love endures forever. 
6 who spread out the earth upon the waters, 
   His love endures forever. 
7 who made the great lights— 
   His love endures forever. 
8 the sun to govern the day, 
   His love endures forever. 
9 the moon and stars to govern the night; 
   His love endures forever.

 10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt 
   His love endures forever. 
11 and brought Israel out from among them 
   His love endures forever. 
12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; 
   His love endures forever.

Matthew 12:14-21

The Message (MSG)

 11-14He replied, "Is there a person here who, finding one of your lambs fallen into a ravine, wouldn't, even though it was a Sabbath, pull it out? Surely kindness to people is as legal as kindness to animals!" Then he said to the man, "Hold out your hand." He held it out and it was healed. The Pharisees walked out furious, sputtering about how they were going to ruin Jesus.

In Charge of Everything
 15-21Jesus, knowing they were out to get him, moved on. A lot of people followed him, and he healed them all. He also cautioned them to keep it quiet, following guidelines set down by Isaiah: 

   Look well at my handpicked servant; 
         I love him so much, take such delight in him. 
   I've placed my Spirit on him; 
         he'll decree justice to the nations. 
   But he won't yell, won't raise his voice; 
         there'll be no commotion in the streets. 
   He won't walk over anyone's feelings, 
         won't push you into a corner. 
   Before you know it, his justice will triumph; 
         the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even 
      among far-off unbelievers.

Freedom PRayers 

set me free from myself lord, break the chains that i have placed around my heart

set me free from lazy indifference, selective deafness  and rose coloured glasses

set me free from my inability to see god in the world around me

set me free from obsession with quantity over quality, efficiency over beauty, uniformity over diversity

set me free from the mirror and the magnifying glass

set me free from the temptation to colour the light that shines in the darkness

set me free from the habit of religion, empty words and selfish tears

set me free from good actions for human praise, bad decisions for human gain

set me free from the desire to trample the lowly to reach the mighty

set me free from myself lord, break the chains that i have placed around my heart.  amen


Lord this day guide me, inspire me and give me the strength to follow you