A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: MLK Day – We pray for all our members engaged in areas of social justice.
Scripture: Mark 3:7-19a
Key Verses Mark 3:13-19: 13 He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, 15 and to have authority to cast out demons. 16 So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17 James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Reflection: This is a list of the 12 disciples Jesus called to be with him in ministry. What the Scriptures tell you about these people is that they were extremely different from one another. Jesus didn’t call a particular type of person; he called a diversity of people.
How true is that in the Church today? We have introverts, extroverts, conservatives, liberals, males, females and Americans and Cubans, people of all races. There are a lot of seats at the table of Christ! Anytime we try to limit that seating we’re going to run into trouble.
Prayer: Lord, open my heart and mind to the diversity of your creation today. Help me see the beauty and the differences between me and other people around me. Help me to appreciate and value how creative you are in making such a wide array of people. You are not a boring God and you did not give us a boring creation. Help us to celebrate it, and to give thanks! Amen.
Author: Steve Eason
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].