A Daily Dose of Good News
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
In the morning, when he returned to the city, he was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once. When the disciples saw it, they were amazed, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?” Jesus answered them, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will be done. Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:18-22)
Ask in Prayer with Faith
Ok Lord, I’m asking:
Lift this mountain of challenges that we are facing
And throw it into the sea
Because the sea just might be vast enough
To actually envelop this mountain
And dissolve our challenges into the fuller context of reality,
Transforming us in the meantime
From listless despair to empowered hope.
And what a mountain of challenges we are facing.
We are challenged by some 1000 Americans
Dying each day during our Covid-19 pandemic
And 1000s more around the world.
We are challenged,
Each within our own set of risk factors, tolerances and personal situations
To interpret competing messages for keeping our families safe
And doing our part to keep others safe as well.
Some are wearing masks in public; some are not.
Some are keeping distance in public; some are not.
Some schools are open with teachers and students; some are not.
Some restaurants have clear indications for safe dining; some do not.
Some have jobs that are thriving and even overworked; some do not.
Some are making rent and mortgage payments; some are not.
Some are able to enjoy extended time with families; some are not.
Some are battling dry weather and wildfires; some are not.
Some sports are being played, some are not.
Then mounding on top of that
We are challenged by civil unrest in so many city’s across the country
Portland, Kenosha, Louisville, Rochester, Washington DC, Columbus
We are challenged to even find a starting point for any constructive dialog
That might help move us toward a meaningful resolution amid such unrest.
And we are challenged to identify and raise up leaders to show us the way to unity.
We are challenged by the dissonance in our public discourse
That seems to leave our politicians often in the position of
Talking about or talking at each other
Rather than talking with each other.
And we are challenged find media outlets
That are trustworthy in their reporting on all such matters.
Lord, I’m asking:
Please lift this mountain of challenge that we are facing and throw it into the sea.
When I look again at the passage for the day
And see where Jesus promises to give anything you ask in faith.
And my heart for prayer is turned from the resignation
Of asking for a magic quick fix to our mountain of challenges
Toward the wider, fuller perspective of trust in Jesus
And praying together with you in Jesus’ name…
Trustring in Jesus
Who faced the mountain of challenges common to all humanity
With a trust in God’s promise of love and life
That found him succumbing to those challenges
And rising above those challenges,
Revealing the future of love and life
Toward which God is drawing all creation.
Faith. Faith in Jesus. Trust in Jesus … is trust in that future.
A future vast as any sea and then some.
Vast enough and then some to envelop
The mountain of challenges that we are facing
With a confidence that finally those challenges do not define us
But rather provide the context for each of us
In the unique ways God has gifted each of us
To give witness now to future of love and life
Toward which God in Christ Jesus is drawing all of us.
Dear Lord, please give me that faith. Amen