Sunday, March 14, 2021

A FAITHFUL PRIEST

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 2

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A statue of a monk reading God’s Word with a cross in his hand is on the wall of a Franciscan monastery just outside of the Zion Gate in Jerusalem. Franciscans adhere to the teachings and spiritual disciplines of Saint Francis of Assisi. The current Pope chose the name Francis in his honour.

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Key Verse: 1 Samuel 2:35

Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever.

There is only one “forever” Priest, and that is Jesus! A priest represents us before God and a prophet represents God to us. Jesus did both. Mary, the mother of Jesus, gave a powerful word (read Luke 1:46-55). Hannah gave a magnificent word also from today’s reading. It’s well worth reading two or three times. We should let our spirits exalt the Lord as these women did. Start speaking whatever words come to mind. We may be surprised at what we hear ourselves saying. The rule is that what we say will be just for God and ourselves. However, there are exceptions. You may receive a word that will bless others.
After the glorious experience of Hannah, it is a huge let-down to read of Hophni and Phineas. They were the next generation who were to carry on God’s work. How tragic the words of 2:12: “They did not know the Lord.” It has been said that “The Church is just one generation away from extinction.” Eli’s sons had the same opportunity as did Samuel to know the Lord, but they missed it. Jesus said, “I will build My Church.” The Church has Jesus’ guarantee of success. Some will fail. Jesus has others waiting to step up. Don’t fear for God’s cause. He is never caught by surprise. Amen!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Thank You, Lord, for the prophetic prayers of Mary and Hannah. I pray that You would grant me a revelation of Your greatness, and give me words to express to You my heart and mind. Words which are just between You and me, Lord Jesus!!! Here goes……………………………. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I love the fact that after waiting so long for her first child (Samuel), Hannah had five more children. With my Mother, Hazel Pritchard Mainse, it was the opposite. My oldest sister, Willa, is eight years older than me, and my second sister, Elaine, is six years older than me. After Elaine was born, the wait began, according to my Dad. Our mother had several miscarriages, and then I made my appearance in 1936. There were no more children in our family. We don’t have a record of our mother praying a prophetic prayer as Hannah did, but my Dad did write a poem. If I can find it, I’ll add it in a P.S. below. My mother died when I was 12, and my most vivid memory of her is seeing her on her knees, praying for others, and particularly for her husband and her children. In order to spend a long time on her knees without tiring, she would either kneel with her back straight, or down on what we called her “hunkers.” She would sit back on her ankles. I’ve tried that but it doesn’t work for me. The straight up posture is my best and most comfortable kneeling position. My back does not tire as it does if I bend at the waist. This is probably more information than needed, but I find that as time goes by, I’m more and more comfortable writing this daily blog! I hope you don’t mind.

Yours, asking the Lord as the disciples did, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Amen!

David

P.S. Here is the poem my father wrote about me on March 29, 1944. He was serving as a missionary in Egypt. He was unable to return home to us for six years, due to restricted travel for civilians during the Second World War…

“Sonny”

Now that’s what I feel to call you,
You, whom I’ll love my whole life through.
Sonny’s a bright and cheery name,
And is ‘Daddy’ to you the same?
A good son is a precious gift,
To the father who needs a lift,
When the pathway of life seems hard,
And e’en would his foot-steps retard.
O’ that nippy hop, step and jump,
Which does not lack pep at the pump,
Puts courage and vim in us all,
And helps us rise up should we fall.
May your teen-age be bright and gay,
As you march forth to manhood’s day;
Be e’er free from evil design,
Be full of kindness to mankind.
The future with promise is bright,
To you, if you dare to do right;
‘Twill to you in life grant a place,
Where you’ll never, no ne’er lose face;
E’en among the true and renowned,
Who did fight and have won the crown,
That shall never more fade away
In that haven of endless day.
So my dear son it’s up to you,
To trust in God and ever do,
That which is good, and better still,
Follow the leadings of His will:
Yea, follow the gleam from afar,
And for His best do thou aspire!
Blest help Divine will God vouchsafe
To every stray, prodigal waif.

25 thoughts on “Sunday, March 14, 2021

  1. Thank you for your prayers, Beverlee. We are in great need of prayer. We need a miracle of healing for my husband, Joseph.
    Thank you all for your support. God bless you!

  2. Hannah’s prayer is beautiful, as is David’s father’s for his son. Here is one of mine, I just pulled up out of my writing file. His blessings upon you today, fellow saints in the Lord. I am going to church and hope you will be able to, as well.

    For Your Glory

    How I realize my failings in the misery of this day,
    When I’ve not pardoned others, nor humbled myself to pray.
    As a Christian, how I love Thee—oh my Saviour, oh my Lord,
    Yet I fall short of Your glory, not abiding in Your Word.

    On my knees, I’m in repentance, and wail for You to hear,
    My tears are ever flowing—how I need You to be near.
    When I am full of prideful ego, and unwilling to forgive,
    Bitterness will holds its grip, as the devil seeks to win.

    But My Lord, You are my Saviour, and the answer to my pain,
    On my knees, I plea for mercy, and humbly fall, again.
    To my brothers and my sisters, who I have failed to embrace,
    May God bless you and keep you, in the presence of His grace.

    For I realize the very secret, of the pattern I have lived,
    I have failed to forgive myself, for the weakness of my sins.
    But You, God, exonerate me—that is the shield I shall wear,
    Your love, oh Lord, delivers me, as your promises, I bear.

    To You, my Risen Saviour, all my thanks and ever praise,
    From the bottom of my heart, as I strive to live each day.
    My weight is lifted from me, as You carry my shame away,
    For Your glory, oh God—Your love on earth, forever reigns.

    Beverlee Kay
    ©April, 2018

    The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26 ESV

    No Rock Like Our God (Lyric Video) by Calvis Hammond
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQGcho2op9U

  3. Father God, You are pure. Please forgive us of all our sins, and take away our hardness of heart. Help us to love You and others as You love. Thank You for all Your gospel workers. Bless all Your children today, in Jesus’s name, amen

  4. Friends, just found my friend lying on the floor. Edna is my walking buddy but didn’t answer the phone. I went to check on her & found her on her bedroom floor. She was taken by ambulance to Hamilton Hospital. She was breathing but not showing signs of awareness. Also, @ the same time a fire engine, 2 more ambulances, & 5 or 6 police cars arrived @ one of our other buildings. A photographer was taking pictures around the village. I don’t know what that’s about. We usually don’t have such experiences here in the condo community. Please pray for Edna. Thank you so much.

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