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A reflection on sacrifice

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John 14:15-21

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Matthew 18:1-3

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

 “There is no other activity in life so important as that of prayer. Every other activity depends upon prayer for its best efficiency.”

M.E. Andross

 

A reflection on sacrifice

Heavenly Father,

We are thankful that thou art almighty, and we are thankful that thou art most powerful, and we praise thou for thou power, and we praise thou for thou mightiness, and we raise thou name on high to thou.

Heavenly Father, thou sent thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, into thou world to save Mankind from all sin. We acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, died upon a cross, and we acknowledge that the death of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, upon a cross was one that can be described as one that epitomises sacrifice, and the sacrifice is one that was made for all Mankind.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, is at one with thou, and we acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, is at one with thou Holy Spirit, and we acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, is able to be at one with all, if all are able to turn a back upon a sin, and draw nearer to thou.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that in order for Mankind to be at one with thou that there is a need to address all areas of concern that there are in a life of a self that causes a self to turn a back on thou.

Heavenly Father, there are times in a life of a self when a self can be tempted, and there are times in a life of a self when a self may desire a thing of the flesh, and there are times in a life of a self when a self is unable to see a way forward in a way that is clear an area of concern that needs to be addressed.

Heavenly Father, much of what happens in a life of a self is for some less than desirable, and much of what happens in a life of a self is for some a cause of concern, and much of what happens in a life of a self can cause a self to doubt, and much of what happens in a life of a self means a self is unable to be at one with thou.

Heavenly Father, there will be a time in the future when many will desire to be thou obedient servant, and there will be a time in the future when many will desire to lay down a life for thou. We acknowledge that in order to be at one with thou, a self will need to lay down a life for thou, and we acknowledge that in order to lay down a life for thou, a self will need to make what is considered to be a sacrifice.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that for much of the time a self is unable to see a way forward  in a way that is clear what a self needs to do in order to lay down a life for thou, and much of the time a self is unable to see a way forward in a way that is clear a sacrifice that a self needs to make is one that can be described as a desire of the flesh, and much of the time a self is unable to see a way forward in a way that is clear a sacrifice that a self needs to make is one that can be described as one that relate to a worldly possession, and much of the time a self is unable to see a way forward in a way that is clear a sacrifice that a self needs to make is one that can be described as one that relates to a temptation of thou world that Mankind lives in.

Heavenly Father,there will be a time in the future when all of Mankind will be judged for a life that was led, and there will be a time in the future when all of Mankind will be expected to say sorry for the error of a way, and there will be a time in the future when all of Mankind will be expected to make the changes that are necessary in a life of a self, in order to be at one with thou.

Heavenly Father, much of the changes that are necessary in a life of a self are ones where a self will need to make a sacrifice in order to be at one with thou, and much of the changes that are necessary in a life of a self are ones that will cause a self to be separated from a life that was led in terms of turning a back on all that is sinful, and in terms of turning a back upon a relationship with another that is less than desirable in the eyes of thou, Our Heavenly Father, and much of the changes that are necessary in a life of a self are ones that will cause a difficulty with a loved one.

Heavenly Father, there will be a time in the future when many will desire to be at one with thou, and there will be a time in the future when many will desire to be at one with thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and there will be a time in the future when many will desire to be at one with thou Holy Spirit, and there will be a time in the future when many will desire to be united with a loved one that has departed for thou place known as thou Heavenly place.

Heavenly Father, there are a number of passages in thou Scriptures which are ones that describe that there will be a separation from thou, Our Heavenly Father, and there are a number of passages in thou Scriptures which are ones that describe that there will be a separation from thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and there are a number of passages in thou Scriptures which are ones that describe that there will be a separation from thou Holy Spirit, and there are a number of passages in thou Scriptures which are ones that describe a separation from a loved one if a self is unable to be at one with thou.

Heavenly Father, there will be a time in the future when thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, will return to thou world in order to judge all of Mankind, and there will be a time in the future when thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, will be upheld as thou Saviour and will be upheld as thou Redeemer of all sin, and there will be a time in the future when many will see the error of a way, and will say sorry for the error of a way, and will repent for the error of a way.

Heavenly Father, many need to be more able, and many need to be more willing to turn to thou, and many need to be more able, and many need to be more willing to turn a back on thou world that doth lead a self astray, and many need to be more able, and many need to be more willing to make a sacrifice that is needed, in order for a self to be at one with thou.

Heavenly Father, there will be a time in the future when many will desire thou to guide a self in a life, and there will be a time in the future when many will desire thou to help a self to recognise the error of a way, and there will be a time in the future when many will desire thou to help a self to say sorry for the error of a way, and there will be a time in the future when many  will desire thou to help a self to draw closer to thou.

Heavenly Father, we uphold all that hath been spake, in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is thou way, and who is thou truth, and who is thou life, and who is thou way to thou, and we uphold all that hath been spake in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who lives within Man, and who dwells amongst Man, and who advocates for Man, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

A reflection on putting another first

Reflection for the day

John 12:27-28 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”


A reflection on putting another first

Heavenly Father,

We acknowledge that there are times when there is a need to place another before a self. We are able to see in a way that is clear that your world that we live in is a world that falls short of a world that was created by you. We acknowledge that you are the creator of your world and that you created all things that are living, and all things that are known to Mankind, and that you created all things unseen by Mankind. We are able to see in a way that is clear that much of what happens in your world is abhorrent to you, and much of what happens in your world is as a result of a making of Mankind, who was given a freedom of will by yourself since the beginning of time.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that much that happens in your world is of sin. We acknowledge that much that happens in your world that is known as the developed world is what can be described as materialistic.We are able to see in a way that is clear that much that happens in parts of your world is of a nature that is violent. We are able to see in a way that is clear that a journalist has a role to play in a society, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that much of what is reported allows a self to consider the plight of another. We are able to see in a way that is clear that some journalists have a life placed at risk in order fro all Mankind to perceive, and to discern, an event of your world. We acknowledge that some have lost a life in order for another to be informed of an event that is taking place, that is one that is less than desirable in the eyes of yourself, and in the eyes of another.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time of Lent we reflect upon the life of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and it is at this time of Lent we reflect upon the death, and upon the resurrection of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. We are able to see in a way that is clear that your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, made a sacrifice for all Mankind by dying upon a cross, and that this sacrifice allows all to draw closer to you. We are able to see in a way that is clear that a desire of Mankind is one that can be described as one that is driven by a self, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that there is a need to change a way in order to be at one with you, and in order to be at one with another, and in order to place a need of another before a self.

Heavenly Father, we ask you to guide Mankind in a life that is daily, and we ask you to guide many to place a desire for a self to one side always, and to place a need of another before a self.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to yourself, Our Heavenly Father, all that has been said in the name of yourself, Our Heavenly Father, who together with your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and your Holy Spirit, governs over all who are of your world that we live in, now and always for evermore.

Amen.

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