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St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
Prayer for Illumination
O Lord our God, your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our
path. Give us grace to hear and receive Your prophetic word.
Through the guidance of your Holy Spirit, let us rightly divide Your Holy
Word, so that the seeds of your truth will fall on fruitful soil in our
May we grow strong in faith and reach out to the world which you loved so
much that you gave your only begotten Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus, in
whose name we pray. Amen.
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Pray Like You Mean It!
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
This parable is quite
interesting, the widow who knocks on the judge's door day in and day
out, finally gets her day in court, not because of her just cause, but
because of her annoying persistence. The judge finally breaks down and
acts on her behalf.
Have you ever been persistent like
this widow? Well, I have found that it really works. When I was serving
my first church as senior pastor in Lebanon PA the board decided to
invite our bishop to speak at the churches 125th-anniversary service.
And I was commissioned to get him here. No mean feat mind you. I send
him an invitation, followed it up with a couple of phone calls and
waited. That wasn't satisfactory for Terry Winters, one of my
parishioners. He was one of those church members who you couldn't say no
to. He kept encouraging me to keep calling the bishop.
Having Terry breathe down my neck
really put me in the shoes of this pesky man who is banging at the door
of his friend's house--only that the friend isn't a friend, but the
bishop, i.e. my boss. So, I kept bothering the man--I even cornered him
at a conference where he finally turned our invitation down. I reported
back to Terry and he said: that's not good enough. We are going to have
the bishop speak and you are going to get him here."
So, I kept banging against that
office door. After a while the poor man must have said to himself: "this
guy is going to stay on my case until he gets what he wants. So, he
finally said: "o.k. fine, I'll come whenever I have an opening. Talk to
my secretary." I was happy that we had the bishop speak, but for quite
some time afterward I was expecting to get appointed to a really crappy
ministry, maybe somewhere in Siberia.
But seriously, isn't that what
Jesus said we should be in our prayers: pesky?
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