May 26, 2020

Daily Devotions

Meditation, Prayers, and Assorted Stuff for May 26, 2020

Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey, “Jesus Mourns”

Jesus, the Blessed One, mourns. Jesus mourns when his friend Lazarus dies (see John 11:33-36); he mourns when he overlooks the city of Jerusalem, soon to be destroyed (see Luke 19:41-44). Jesus mourns over all losses and devastations that fill the human heart with pain. He grieves with those who grieve, and sheds tears with those who cry.
The violence, greed, lust, and so many other evils that have distorted the face of the earth and its people cause the Beloved Son of God to mourn. We too must mourn if we hope to experience God’s consolation.

Today’s prayer comes from “America, The Jesuit Review”

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us.

Dad Jokes of the Day

I hate jokes about German sausages. They’re the wurst.

I heard there was a new store called “Moderation.” They have everything there.

Today’s links! like this summer will still have more than its usual share of downtime. Why not tackle a book on Bill Gates’ reading list? cat named Horatio has gone all in promoting books for his local library. 1989 to 1993, Mark Davis worked at the now-shuttered Kmart in Naperville, Illinois. He saved the cassette tapes that supplied background music for the store before they were tossed out each month. You can find an article about his efforts as well as links to the music here. Park suggested this clip of Jimmie Fallon and Kristen Bell singing a medley of Disney songs. Thanks to COVID, two neighbors in Los Angeles found that not only do their roots go back to the same tiny Norwegian island, but they’re related! So…one day Richard Pryor is tending bar at the Star Wars cantina….I kid you not.

Sunday worship at 9 AM, with “Doughnut room” time starting at 8:30 AM. Come early just to catch up and talk!
Zoom info is the same every Sunday:, Meeting ID: 815 064 120

7 PM Bible study this Wednesday, May 27, will dive into Acts 8-9. Join us!, Meeting ID: 858 4752 7283

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Stay safe and stay well!