Friday, 31 January 2014
In prayer: Divine Healing God, using the orange-red flame of light, please move through every part of my body and mind. Dissolve all feelings, thoughts and patterns of frustration, irritation, and aggravation. Please sweep away all impatience, struggle, and suffering that resides in my consciousness. Allow me to turn my frustration into inspiration and enthusiastic action. Help to steer me in the direction where my actions will become actualized so that I can experience Your unconditional love. Thank You Divine Healing God!
Now sit for a while imagining your whole body surrounded with God's unconditional love.
Prayer: Divine Healing God, embrace me with your radiant gold beam of satisfaction, happiness, contentment, and delight. Allow me to feel confident that I am moving in the perfect direction for my life. Help me to recognize and celebrate all the wonderful things I have achieved, all the magnificent people with whom I have connected and all the rich experiences I have lived. As I recognize the grandness of my life, I feel truly blessed. Thank You Healing God. AMEN.
Today focus on all blessings you have in your life. Friends, family, the ability to move your hands, the gift of reading. the ability to walk through the snow. Embrace and show your satisfaction and you will see how God's love and wisdom will grow and develop in your life!
Thursday, 30 January 2014
Read James 4: 1-2
Get Serious. Now James is coming to the pinnacle of his advice. If James were preaching these same verses to us today, he would probably have his finger out admonishing us for being slow witted. Think. Always think. And think upon God first and upon our wants last.
James states in this portion of scripture that we each want our own way. And when we forget about the needs of others and push our own wants first, then quarrels and fights break out.
Today let us think upon God first and upon our wants last.
Prayer: God of peace and of reconciliation, help us this day to open our eyes to Your work so that we may be Your peace and Your reconciliation to all peoples. Amen.
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Prayer: Great God of all wisdom, may we dwell in Your wisdom and love this day. Send us out today to share Your wisdom with those who need You this day. Amen.
Prayer: You are our true wisdom. You dwell within our hearts and we know that You are our God. Send us forth this day, O LORD, to do Your work. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, 27 January 2014
Prayer: Great God, we ask for wisdom this day so that we can continue Your work here on earth that is still to be done. Grant us wisdom to help those who need healing. Grant us even tempers when our workload seems to be unbearable. Remind us yet again that You are the healer of all burdens and all indecisiveness. We thank You and may we live this day in Your joy and Your praise. This we ask in Your Son's name. Amen.
Sunday, 26 January 2014
Saturday, 25 January 2014
Focus your attention on your shoulders. How do they feel? Are they tight or relaxed? Become aware of all the responsibility you carry in your shoulders. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and imagine releasing all your worries as if they were big rocks that you could throw away.
Prayer: Divine God of all Healing, please release all strain, stress, worry, insecurity, overwhelm, hurt, rejection, and sadness from my shoulders. Let me forgive and release to You all the burdens that I have carried this week.
Take a deep breath in and tighten your shoulders by pulling them up to your ears. Hold your breath for five seconds. Then exhale slowly and completely relax your shoulders. Do this several times until they feel lighter. Then rotate your right shoulder in a circular motion to the front for 15 seconds. (like a windmill). Then rest for 15 seconds. Repeat this three times. Now do the same rotation towards the back. Repeat this process for the left shoulder.
Prayer: Divine God of all Healing, please install courage, balance, confidence and joy into my life. Assist me to find blessings and opportunities even in the most challenging experiences.
Allow yourself to completely relax for a few minutes. Imagine that you are standing in warm, yellow sunlight. Allow the yellow rays to penetrate deep into your shoulders to soften the muscles and dissolve all tension.
Prayer: Divine God of all Healing, please heal and regenerate my shoulders to their full strength, vitality, and mobility so that I can serve You all the days of my life in joy and praise. Show me this day O LORD, Your blessings and opportunities to serve You. In Jesus name I ask this. Amen.
Friday, 24 January 2014
Read James 3: 6- 10
Isn't it amusing how talking with family and friends brings us happiness and sometimes pain and sadness. It is all about words and how we use these words as well as how we listen to the words other's say to us.
My husband is currently a Tutor for a student at Vancouver School of Theology. They meet by Skype (marvelous Skype!) and go over assignments and reflections. What amazes me is the difference in theological study these days. The first assignment that this student has asks what is the historiography of an early Church Father. Back in our day, we wouldn't be researching the history of the early Church Father first but the theology of that early Church Father/Christian. Theology was first and history was secondary.
Why is it important to know about theology -- the study of God? The simple answer is by studying God, we begin to really understand what we believe. If students only focus upon the history of the early Christians, they miss out on understanding of what the early Christians believed and why they believed what they believed.
The Word of God is so important to our basic Christian beliefs. Yet it isn't only in the reading but in the digging into the scriptures and discussing these scriptures that we begin to get a glimpse of the Love of God. Theology. Do you know what you believe?
Prayer: This day, O LORD, may we take Your Holy Word and inwardly digest it all the day long so that when evening comes we can rest in Your great Love. Amen.
Thursday, 23 January 2014
As I go through this day with You LORD, may I guard my tongue. Help me to live in Your joy and praise. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Read James 3: 1-2
This is the passage that all Christian Education Committees shudder at when attempting to find new Sunday School teachers. Will Sunday School teachers, preachers, Bible Study leaders, Youth Group leaders, Seminar Leaders be judged more strictly than all others on the final day of judgement? According to James, yes! But why? Because teachers and preachers are charged with teaching the Word of God correctly. They will be judged for not adequately digging into the word of God and finding out what the Bible really means and sharing mediocracy when they could be sharing the wonderful words of the Bible that gives life and love to all.
Evelyn Underhill in her book entitled "Worship" London: Nisbet, 1951 uses beautiful imagery for digging into the Word of God each and every day. Underhill states that the Bible is the holy food.... the message of salvation.... witnesses to the continuity of God's action. Just as we eat our food to nourish our bodies, how much more must we nourish our souls with the Holy Mystery of the Word of God. If we do not nourish our souls through the reading of Scripture, we starve the Word of God in ourselves and for those we teach/preach.
Prayer: May the light and love of the Holy Spirit flow into my actions and relationships with others this day. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Read James 2: 19-26
Faith. This is a word that we don't use very often these days. Faith is usually thought of as two things. First is our faith or belief. Second, faith is sometimes used to define one's religion and denomination. The faith James writes about is the belief we have in God. James's faith is how we take the love of God and live that faith in our everyday lives.
In the scripture reading today, James gives two examples of Old Testament people who did not separate their faith from their lives. Why do you think James chose Abraham and Rahab as examples? Perhaps it was when they were tested, both Abraham and Rahab depended upon God rather than themselves. Rahab is known in the Old Testament for her repentance and relying on God. Abraham is known for giving his life to God to journey into unknown territories and to sacrifice his son. Wow.
Today, how will we live our life surrounded by our faith?
Great God, living one day at a time and enjoying one moment at a time. Help me to accept hardship as a pathway to peace, taking as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is not as I would have it. Trusting that You will make all things right, if I surrender to Your will so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen. (second verse to the Serenity Prayer. Reinhold Niebuhr)
Monday, 20 January 2014
Read James 2: 14-18
Faith in Action. Here James asks the community of believers to take their faith and put it into action. Faith and action go hand in hand. When we help others, we aren’t earning brownie points in heaven. It is out of our love for God that we help others.
The Governor General of Canada has a new program called "my giving moment". This is a program to help connect Canadians to art and culture groups and the environment. Interesting thing is this program is focused on people giving money. While this is a type of action and giving money is great, it is only a small part of the faith in action that James was talking about. Faith in Action means taking your whole self and getting involved through time and talent. Faith in Action can be volunteering with community groups. But what happens as we age or are infirmed? Getting out to volunteer with community groups is tough. This is when Faith in Action becomes strong as we sit (or stand or lie down) and pray. Prayer is the heart of Faith in Action. We pray for individuals, groups, communities, Churches, countries, leaders who need God's love and help. Faith in action.
Prayer: Help us this day, O LORD, as we take our faith and put it into action. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Saturday, 18 January 2014
Pardon the personal glimpse today but this indeed in a time of celebrating.
In October the surgeons have me a diagnosis of stage 4 colo-rectal cancer. I knew that my body was not well. And me being me began organizing who was going to do my Service of Resurrection. As best I could I began cleaning house and giving away items so my husband and son would not need to do it after I was gone. There were many times of prayer and meditation... especially prayers for husband and son and family so that they would have peace and calmness and understanding of the end of my life. Surgery happened within a week of the diagnosis. The awesome surgeon ended up doing a bowel resection and a hysterectomy to remove a big tumour. We were still thinking it was stage 4 colo-rectal cancer. The pathology report came back within three weeks... and the tumour was endometriosis cells instead of cancer cells. No cancer, no imminent death - resurrection.
I was stunned. My first thoughts were "Thank You God" and "How come". I am still meditating on the "how come" part.... God has given me extra time to do what... I am still not sure. But it is amazing to get out of bed every day and ask God what we will be doing today so that God's love is shared this day with others.
During my time of healing there were hiccups. The bowel upon healing was beginning to close up instead of keeping open. So the Surgeon said a flexible sigmoidoscopy was in order. The procedure was requested in December and became a reality yesterday. Yesterday was two hours of processing and waiting for a 10 minute explore. Dr Ahweng, my surgeon, said that I was healing fabulously and there were no signs of the resectioning of bowels nor of hemorrhoids.
Friday, 17 January 2014
Thursday, 16 January 2014
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
This epistle is written for us so that we will not become discouraged in our Walk with God. No matter what James tells us to always pray, always give thanks, and most importantly always take the Word of God out into your community with you.
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Monday, 13 January 2014
Read James 1: 26 - 27
James reminds us that we have to act inwardly and outwardly as mature Christians. If we say we are Christian and then gossip with our family and our friends, this is not a good example of what is means to be a Christian.
James writes that Christians can be called Christians if they look after orphans and widows and keep themselves from the way of the world.
Today, how will we look after orphans and widows and only talk to others with God's love and joy in our thoughts.
Prayer: Almighty God, we lift up to You this day orphans and widows and those who need Your help and love. O LORD, grant to each of us, and the Churches we belong to, the energy and enthusiasm to raise up and come to the aid of orphans and widows. This we ask in Your Son's name. Amen.
Sunday, 12 January 2014
Baptism is one of two sacraments within the Presbyterian Church. (The other sacrament is the Lord's Supper). Baptism is a sacrament that is a public symbol of God's great love for us. We are baptized to newness in Christ. We leave our old life behind and set our sites on new life in Christ. A cleansing. Baptism uses water as a symbol of this cleansing.
Matthew 3: 13 - 17
John the Baptist baptized the repentance of sins.... and forgiveness of sins... and returning to God. John is baptizing and suddenly before him is Jesus. Now tradition states that John and Jesus were cousins. They obviously knew each other as John kinda gulps and says, "But I am not worthy to baptize you... I need to be baptized by You!" And Jesus replied, that John had to baptize Jesus to fulfill all righteousness. To fulfill all righteousness. This kind of language isn't used anymore in our normal speech is it. But you can hear the holiness in these words can' t you. to fulfill all righteousness.
Then as Jesus was baptized, the heavens opened and a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased". Okay, if I was John I would be on the ground curled up in the fetal position. Or perhaps just standing frozen with jaw dropping. This was a confirmation that Jesus was God's son. And John was called to be part of the ministry. How neat is that.
Today as we attend Church, give thanks to God for this time of cleansing and making all things new. Remember your own baptism.
Prayer: Great God, we thank You that You provide for us times of cleansing -- of leaving our old lives and thoughts behind and making all things new. We thank You that You forgive us. May we remember this day our own baptism and Your great love to us always. Amen.
Saturday, 11 January 2014
Friday, 10 January 2014
Read James 1: 22- 26
James tells us not to only listen to the word but to do what it says. Oh boy, isn't this reflective of the Sunday Sermon. Each Sunday, we listen to the sermon and then after worship is over we leave our pew. Does the content of the sermon come with us? Do we put into practice what we have heard that Sunday?
James comments that putting our listening of the word into action is like looking at ourselves in the mirror. Mirrors in the ancient world were made from polished metals. The reflection was frequently blurred so if one was to really look at one's self, one would have to stare in the polished metal for a lengthy time. So what does putting into action the listening of the word have to do with mirrors? The easy answer is looking at ourselves from the outside and seeing if what we have taken in and learned from the loving of God is showing up on the outside of ourselves. Do we say we love God and yet walk around with a scowl on our faces? How can we love God and be scowling! Do we say we share the peace of God with others yet we are angry with every person we meet. The mirror is a reflection of our outer selves.
So this day, remember the Word of God... listen to the teaching of this Holy Word... and put into action what you have heard.
Prayer: Holy God, help us this day to put in to action Your love and peace. May we open our eyes to the needs in our community and family. Lord, turn our eyes towards those who need Your help this day. May we put into action Your great love and joy. This we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, 9 January 2014
Read James 1: 19 - 21
Learning to control speech is the beginning of wisdom. James tells us that we must be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.
Quick to listen. This isn't as easy as it sounds. Quick to listen. Listening to another person by giving them your full attention isn't easy. Some people have the gift of listening while others have to work on listening. Listening means focussing on what the other person is saying as well as watching their actions. If you are talking to someone about a heated topic and they fold their arms across their chest, this means they are needing to give themselves a hug and they also are usually in disagreement with what is being discussed. In our culture, eye contact is important to know if another person is listening to our words. In other cultures, direct eye contact is a no no as it is a challenge or affront of their being.
Listening means hearing and seeing what the other person is saying and not thinking what one is going to have for lunch. Listening each Sunday to the Sermon is also a way to practice listening to the whole person as well as learning how we are to grow as Christians.
Slow to speak. In this day of e-mails, texting, instantgram, and facebook, there is not much slow of speech. Slow of speech does not mean we talk very slowly. Slow of speech means we think before we speak. this is the beginning of wisdom. When we are in a heated argument or passionate discussion about our beliefs, it is better to think about what we are to say before we rattle off at the mouth and end up word-injuring our friends and debaters. In Brandon we have a community website called "ebrandon". It was developed some years ago by Adam. On the website are things for sale, restaurant menus, wishes, deaths, jobs, movie schedules, community events, news, weather, and the discussion page. People can use their own names but the majority use a nickname. Having read this website now for five years, I wonder if the people in discussion of a topic would be as hurtful and bold if they were standing face to face. It is easy to tell the world your beliefs and disgusts online behind a nickname. It is not easy to tell the world your beliefs and disgusts in person. As Christians, we need to be the same online as well as meeting people face to face. Slow to speak is the beginning of wisdom.
Slow to become angry. Isn't it funny how easily we become angry. Anger is usually negative stuff that takes a lot of energy out of our wholeness. I've noticed that people waiting in line ups begin to tsk tsk tsk after five minutes. After ten minutes, people are getting down right snarly. And by the time the person arrives to the check out clerk, the person is just about breathing fire and the poor check out clerk gets the brunt of their fire. As Christians, we are not supposed to be fire breathers. Why do we get angry when we stand in check out line ups? Usually because we are wearing our heavy winter coats and we over heat which causes our blood sugars to do amusing things. And we are standing in one spot which again causes our blood sugars to do amusing things. Our tempers flare. So, how do we stop becoming fire breathers and flaring our tempers? Practice. Each day when we notice we are getting hot under the collar, stop for a minute and think why we are getting hot under the collar. Lift up in prayer to God a "Good grief, I am cranky and angry. Help". Focus on the positive. This is the process of slow to become angry.
This day, let us listen to others and hear their voices and their actions... let us become slow to speak and say what we know will glorify God... let us become slow to anger and bring joy into other people's lives instead of heartache.
Prayer: Help us this day and always O LORD, to listen to Your voice, to really hear what other people are saying. Help us this day and always O LORD, to be slow to speak. Help us this day and always O LORD to be slow to become angry. This we ask in Your Son's Holy Name. Amen.
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
Read James 1: 16 - 18
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father. This phrase from James 1: 17 is one of those "gotta memorize" portions of scripture. Every good and perfect gift is from God. This is so positive! God has given us many good and perfect gifts. Can you name any of the good and perfect gifts that God has given to you?
Just after Christmas, a parcel arrived at our house. The parcel had my name on it but no return address. Who had sent this parcel? Opening the parcel revealed a box of chocolates. Wow! Chocolates. And the chocolates were sent from the UK. Hummm! A mystery. Then the next day another parcel arrived. A pashmina shawl. Again no note nor return address. But this parcel did have a distributors tag. I called the company and asked where this gift had originated. They said, "Well it looks like this gift is from Lina". Lina! A fellow quilter who now lives in Dubai. What great gifts! Lina gave me these two gifts because she figured with my healing and horrible church stuff I needed extra positive energy (chocolate) and a really big constant hug (the shawl).
This is what James is taking about. Good and perfect gifts from God given to us to share with others. We have such wonderful ability to help heal others and bring love into their days of darkness. Gifts don't have to be material things, these gifts can be a phone call, a hug, a pat on the head, words of encouragement. Over the last six months, Glenn (my husband) and John (my son) have been incredible. They have taken all the household chores and grocery shopping upon themselves ... usually without a whimper. They have taken on many of the responsibilities that I have with other organizations. They have visited my Godmother who is in hospital. What a good and perfect gift for someone who is healing and recovering from surgery. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Today, what will you do to bring a good and perfect gift into someone's life?
Prayer: Creator and Redeemer, we thank You that You give us good and perfect gifts. Open our hearts and eyes to those this day that need Your love and Your care. May we be Your arms. Lord hear our prayer. Lord, for those who are suffering... may we be Your arms. Lord, for those who are in need of joy... may we share our gifts. This we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Prayer: Dear Lord, keep watch on us during this New Year. Expand our thirst for You so that we seek You out each day. Reveal to us the great gift of Your Son, our Lord. Come let us bow down and fall down before the King our God. Oh Come let us bow down and fall down before Christ the King. Come let us bow down and fall down before our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Read James 1: 13 - 15
As I recover from surgery, it is to tempting on cold days to not exercise. Part of my recovery process is to exercise (walk) at least three times a day. When our temperatures got down to -50C windchill on Sunday and Monday, it was so tempting to just stay inside with a cup of hot chocolate and sit all day in the rocking chair. While that sounds wonderful, what actually happens is my recovery slides back into ill health. Mild gentle exercise is the key to recovery.
James writes that when we are tempted, no one should say "God is tempting me". God can not be tempted nor does God tempt anyone. Yet as humans, we are tempted by our own desires. If we "yield to our desires, this gives birth to sin and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death" (James 1: 15 NIV Zondervan, 1983).
As our new year unfolds, what things will tempt you? What desires do we yield to when we are tempted?
It is only in recognizing that God is love and joy do we realize the great gift God has given to us -- that of sound judgement, responsibility, and fortitude.
As our new year unfolds, what decision will you make so that you are not tempted?
Prayer: Great God, we thank You that we can turn to You and lean on Your understanding. We thank You that You help us in making mature decisions. For You are love and we are Your people. Reveal to us yet again the wonderful story of Your Great love for us in Your Son, our Lord. Amen.
Monday, 6 January 2014
The coming of the Wise Men to find the Infant Christ Child, bending down in worship and offering him gifts is the Epiphany... the revealing of Christ to all. We read of this story each year. Somehow over the years we have put the Wise Men arriving the same day as the shepherds. But this is not so. In the Gospel according to St Matthew, the Wise Men arrive to the house and find the child Jesus and his mother Mary. The Wise Men are overjoyed. We are not told how long it took the Wise Men to get from where they lived to where the Holy Family was in Bethlehem, but it wasn't just a day or two. The Wise Men went on a long journey.
I often wonder if the Wise Men knew how long their journey would be when they started out. Probably they had no idea how long they would have to journey to find the Infant King. We have no idea what they had to do as they persevered on their journey, but they did persevere. We have no idea of the trials they endured on the journey. In today's reading in James, we read "blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him" (NIV James 1: 12. Zondervan, 1983).
The Wise Men are awesome examples to us of how to persevere on our life's journey. We don't know what to except but with our love of God, we can greet each day in Christ's care. When life seems too tough, we read the stories of those who persevered and this gives us hope. James says to persevere! Stay the course! God is with you in everything that you do. Never think that God sends trials and little black clouds upon you. God brings us life and love.
Sunday, 5 January 2014
Epiphany is celebrated the Sunday closest to 6 January. This is the day in the Church year when we remember the Wise Men bringing gifts to the infant Christ Child. Tradition states that there were three Wise Men as that was the number of gifts brought to the Infant Christ Child. In our household, we always chuckle and say there were actually four Wise Men. Three Wise Men brought gifts for the Infant and the fourth Wise Man was Presbyterian and didn't believe in the commercialism of buying and giving gifts. :) Bad joke aside, what matters most here isn't the number of Wise Men but their example. From far away, something caught their attention so much that they travelled for miles and days. It was a star in the sky that caught their attention. This star had great meaning for them. They knew that this star was foretold as being the star that would shine in the east to announce the birth of the king of the Jews.
When they found Jesus with his mother Mary at his side. The Wise Men bowed down and worshipped him. Then the Wise Men opened their treasures and presented Jesus with gifts. And what interesting gifts they presented. Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. A metal, incense, and an herb. All these are used during times of death to prepare a body for burial. Yet these are also gifts of life and used during the celebrations and ceremonies of the Jewish Calendar.
Put yourself in the foot steps of the Wise Men today. Would you be willing to travel to worship the Christ Child? How dedicated would you be on your journey? As we stand at the beginning of this new year, ponder how we will dedicate this year as a year of journeying in Christ -- in biblical knowledge, in prayer, in worship, in meditation.
What gifts has God given to you that you can share with others this year? How will you continue to develop and share your gifts with others this year?
Prayer: Great God, who by the leading of a star did bring the gift of Your Infant Son to everyone. We thank You that You gave us the example of the Wise men-- of seeking and finding Your Holy Son. May we spend this day pondering on Your Holy Gift and what gifts we have that we can share with others this day and through this year. This we ask in Your Holy Son's name. Amen.
Saturday, 4 January 2014
Friday, 3 January 2014
Prayer: Thank You O Lord for your servant James and the community of believers to whom he was writing. May the words that James wrote to this community also guide me in my wisdom of learning more about You this day. In Jesus name I ask this. Amen.
Read James 1: 5-11
Lacking wisdom. With this new year upon us, we ask God's guidance to instill within us wisdom. Wisdom to make choices that will forward the kingdom of God. Wisdom to know when to speak and when to remain silent. And if we don't have wisdom, James says to ask God. Ask,
ask, ask. God is waiting to be
asked. Then once you have asked
God, leave the request in God’s hands and don’t continue to worry about it. God takes all our burdens and leaves us with
light and love and laughter.
9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business
Prayer: O LORD my Saviour, may I listen to Your voice today and know that You love me beyond all measure. Grant me the wisdom to live a life fully within God's love. Help me today O LORD, to make wise choices full of wisdom. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Thursday, 2 January 2014
James tells us that no matter what trials we are presently enduring, God is with us. Count it all joy when bad stuff happens. Joyful? When bad stuff happens our first reaction is not to give thanks in joy. But for the community of Christians that James was writing, the community was going through trials and testing. Living in a community where Christianity was not a way of life was tough. Each day Christians were put to the test by the community to discover what made them believe differently than the community.
James writes that while each trial strengthens our faith, we must remain persistent in the love of God. Don’t give up because we think our trial is too difficult. Remember that God is with us always.
Faith develops perseverance and perseverance must finish its work so that each of us will be mature and complete.
Ponder today.... how would you define a mature Christian? How is a mature Christian different than anyone else in the community?
Prayer: Thank You O God for today’s Scripture reading. May we take what we have learned today and count it all joy. May we go forth in this new year surrounded by Your love and Your joy. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.