Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tuesday, 03/15/16

READING

Old Testament: Exodus 5:1-6:1
Psalms: Psalms 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, [127]
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 14:20-40
Gospel: Mark 9:42-50
Evening Psalms: 124,125,126,[127]

DEVOTIONAL

“In the Law it is written: “With other tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people…says the Lord.” (1 Cor 14:21)

What if you were alone in a foreign land? A land with terrible conditions, a land where the people spoke a different language, a land where most of the people wanted nothing to do with you or, at worst, wanted you dead? Where would you seek comfort, where would you find comfort?

These conditions describe my year in Iraq from July 2010-July 2011. As difficult as that year was, I found tremendous comfort each week at our very small Anglican church service on Saturday evening. I found comfort in what the apostle Paul calls an “orderly worship.” It was familiar to me – it used the Book of Common Prayer, the priest (Rev. Andrew White, The Vicar of Baghdad) spoke the Queen’s English, and the sermons were almost as good as Father Rob’s. In the same service, we also experienced a “speaking in tongues” of sorts. Every week, without fail, Andrew would ask the Kenyans in the group to sing in Swahili, and they would oblige. I, of course, had no idea what they were saying, but I was certain that the Holy Spirit was working through their beautiful voices and that God was among us. What a blessing this worship service was in an otherwise stressful and trying year.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the way your Holy Spirit works through others to bring us closer to you. During my year in Iraq I was brought closer to you by Andrew’s words and the songs of my Kenyan friends. Thank you for all those who provide an “orderly worship” and bring us closer to you here at St. Matt’s – Fr. Rob, the Praise Band, the Choir, and all those who serve on the alter. I pray all these things in the name of the one who died for my sins and the sins of the whole world – Jesus Christ. Amen.

PP


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