Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

READINGS


Old Testament: Jonah 3:1 - 4:11
Morning Psalms: Psalms 95, 32, 143
New Testament: Hebrews 12:1-14
Gospel: Luke 18:9-14
Evening Psalms: Psalms 102, 130

DEVOTIONAL


Before there was "the cloud" there was a Cloud
Of Witness: faithful women, men of God,
Four thousand years and building, some among
Us still, some passed, forever joined to Christ.

No cloud of ones and zeroes paints the lives
Of those who ran the race so well before us;
Who never let their eyes drift from the prize
And won a wreath that never fades to black.

 There was a man who wore a wreath of scorn,
Who ran a gauntlet first to gain a throne.
Though born the son, the heir, he was not spared
From discipline, from pain, from grisly death.

He bids me now: "Go toe the starting line,
Unload, unplug, unleash the power within
Your wobbly knees, your flabby arms and calves.

You've yet to shed one single drop of blood
In all your feeble striving to be good.

Resolve to stay the course of forty days,
Pray, pray and listen to the cheering crowd
And run to earn your place within the cloud."

MLB

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