Seeds and Resurection

Tomorrow afternoon I’m due to take part in a Methodist church service of rememberance for those who have recently died. The central message of Christ is that suffering and death bring resurrection and transformation. Jesus himself said, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12: 24 NIV1984).
Prayer 

Lord, after his loss, you gave Job prosperity, blessing him with twice as much as he had before, but that has not always felt like my experience. 

Grant me patience. 

Help me to trust and wait on you, especially in those areas of my life where I have no idea what you are doing, when my hardship will end, or where you are taking me. 

In Jesus’ name, amen. 

 

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Lamentation 

LamentationNever read this book before, it’s a bit grim but there is hope contained within.

It so much reminds me of ISIS and Syria, does nothing change?
Lamentations 3:25, 28 

God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,to the woman who diligently seeks.

It’s a good thing to quietly hope,quietly hope for help from God.

It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times. 

When life is heavy and hard to take,go off by yourself. Enter the silence.

Bow in prayer. 

Don’t ask questions:Wait for hope to appear.

Don’t run from trouble. 

Take it full-face.

The “worst” is never the worst. 
Prayer 

Lord, I acknowledge that I prefer to ignore and deny my pain and loss. 

I struggle with seeing how resurrection life can come out of death. 

Grant me the courage to pay attention to what you are doing, and to wait on you—even when everything in me wants to run away. 

In Jesus’ name, amen.