Friday February 20 2015

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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: For the Presbytery meeting tomorrow, as they vote on amendments to our PC(USA) constitution.

Scripture: John 4:43-54
Key Verse: 48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”

Reflection: It would be easier to trust and believe if we could just see Jesus do one of his amazing miracles.  However, Jesus is doing miracles in our lives and in the lives of those around us every day.  We just don’t notice them.  Many people saw Jesus perform miracles and they kept wanting him to do more in order to believe.  If they were in the presence of Jesus and remained skeptical, then what must Jesus do before we will really believe?

I’m talking about faith that transforms.  Do we trust enough to live our lives guided by the truth of Jesus?  This kind of trust leads us to lifestyle changes, a shift in our morality and radical changes in the way we interact with those around us.  In this season of Lent we have the opportunity to take some steps towards this type of faith.

What must Jesus do to help you believe?  Hasn’t he already done it?  The nobleman did not come to Jesus with arrogance or demands for proof of his divinity.  This was a man who was eager to find Jesus so his son could be healed.  He did not have time to be brought into a discussion. He put his faith in Jesus and left abruptly to confirm what he already believed.  Are signs and wonders truly necessary when we have faith?

Prayer: God of signs and wonders, take my skeptical nature from me and help me claim my faith. Amen.

Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush

[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].

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