In addition to highlighted scripture, often I’ll find bulletins from special holy days. Recently I found a flyer from January 1993 called Blessing of the Home, that included this touching prayer by Peter Mazar of Liturgy Training Publications.
“God of Bethlehem and of Cana,
God of Jordan’s leaping waters,
in baptism you bring us into the family.
You wed us and embrace us as your beloved.
May we fill this place with kindness to one another,
with hospitality to guests,
and with abundant care for every stranger.
By the gentle light of a star,
guide home all who seek you
on paths of faith, hope and love.
Then we will join the angels in proclaiming your praise:
Glory in heaven and peace on earth, now and forever. Amen.”
Isaiah 1:3 NIV
The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.
Deuteronomy 4:12 NIV
Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice.
Numbers 12:8 (NIV)
With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”
These three verses were listed by ‘Ivis’ on a scratch pad used as a bookmark. Did these verses reveal to her that God will be ‘only’ a voice, that will be clear without riddles but often missed by the intended? Are those subtle coincidences or random occurrences really divine guidance that I overlook while I’m waiting for a bush to light on fire?
A man is sitting on the roof of his house, escaping flood waters that are continuously rising toward him. A man comes by in a raft and calls out, “Hop in the boat and I’ll take you in.” But the man replies, “Thank you, no, God will save me.”
A while later, a second rescue boat comes by, again offering to help. Again the man replies, “Thank you, no. I know that God will save me.”
Much later, as the water has covered the roof and the man is perched on the chimney, a helicopter comes over and calls to him. The man waves it off, saying “Thank you, no. I trust that the Lord will save me.”
Soon, the water has swept the man away and he dies.
He wakes up in Heaven and sees the luminous face of God. Puzzled, the man says, “God, God, I trusted you to save me, but you let me die.”
God replies, “Well, I did send a helicopter and two boats.”
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