that my soul may praise you
On the Damascus
Road, Jesus said to Saul, “Why do you persecute
me?” Jesus identified with the suffering believers. Believers still
today, and Jesus still identifies with them. Are we the suffering? Or
we part of the violence done to believers?
May the Lord provide an Ananias for us when our eyes are clouded
with scales, so that we, with Paul, regain our sight and proclaim Jesus
the Son of God.
Leader: O Lord, in our distress we cry to you for help,
when the life is draining out of us, we know we need you.
If we die, who will tell of your faithfulness?
People: Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
Leader: Turn our mourning into dancing;
take off our sackcloth and clothe us with joy
so that we may praise you and not be silent.
All: O Lord our God, we will give thanks to you forever. Amen.
In times of lack, we despair about not having enough, but Jesus
comes to us and there is abundance for all. Let us cast our nets on the
other side of worry and follow the risen Lord!
—Diane Zaerr Brenneman, Wellman, Iowa
Bible readings for today: Acts 9:1-6, (7-20); Psalm 30; Revelation
5:11-14; John 21:1-19.
Bible readings for next Sunday: Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation
7:9-17; John 10:22-30.1:1-19.
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