Morning Prayer: July 23rd

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Psalm: 55
Old Testament: 2 Samuel 1:1-16
New Testament: Acts 15:22-35

After the death of Saul, when David had returned from defeating the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag….Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them; and all the men who were with him did the same. They mourned and wept, and fasted until evening for Saul and for his son Jonathan, and for the army of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. (2 Sam 1:1;11-12)

I know it’s wrong to read New Testament values into Old Testament writings (I can almost see Gord Hamilton’s head exploding now)….but as I was going through this reading with milady…all I could think about was the idea of loving your enemy.

Despite having a good start to their relationship…..by the end, Saul and David were rivals aspiring to a single throne. Only one could win….and worst of all, someone (Jonathan) was caught right smack dab in the middle.

If I were in David’s position, I don’t know that I would be weeping, and fasting and tearing my shirt. On the contrary, I think my instinct would be to celebrate…..and possibly dance on Saul’s grave 😛

Even in a harsh world of royal politics, David mourns the loss of life…..any life……and that is something truly amazing indeed. +

Morning Prayer: Holy Saturday

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Psalm: 88
Old Testament: Job 19:21-27
New Testament: Hebrews 4:1-16

You have put me in the depths of the Pit,
in the regions dark and deep.
Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
and you overwhelm me with all your waves (Ps. 88:6-7)

In the Incarnation, God became man to save us. Part of that salvation comes from the fact that our Lord was dead and buried. Just as he felt our pain and anguish and emotions when he lived amongst us, so now he tastes the finality of death.

This morning his body has no life in it, his flesh is cold; and the disciples have fled and hidden themselves away.

The resurrection means nothing unless there is a day where God lay in the tomb. How can the rising to new life be considered a miracle if there is never a day where God is still??? a span of time where God is inactive????

This morning, there is desolation and emptiness….this morning, it seems that the Messiah rests in shame and defeat.

This morning, we wait.

O God, Creator of heaven and earth:
as the crucified body of your dear Son
was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath,
so may we await with him the coming of the third day,
and rise with him to newness of life;
who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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