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Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 26, 2017

Repent, Rebirth, Reconcile, Rejoice, Redemption, Restore

Scripture References:

1 Samuel 16:1-13 (11-12)
Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.”

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and you staff—the comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Ephesians 5:8-14 (8-9, 14)
For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.

For everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”jesus_heals_a_blind_man_by_eikonik-d5u2a1i

John 9:1-41 (5, 7, 35-38)                                 
The Voice Translation

“Whenever I (Jesus) am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After He said these things, He spat on the ground and mixed saliva and dirt to form mud, which He smeared across the blind man’s eyes.

Jesus: “Go, wash yourself in the pool of Siloam.”

Siloam means “sent,” and its name reminded us that his healing was sent by God.  The man went, washed, and returned to Jesus, his eyes now alive with sight.

Townspeople and the Pharisees could not believe that the man had been healed by Jesus so they questioned the man twice. The man insisted that it was Jesus and that he had been healed on the Sabbath. The Pharisees became mad that the man was lecturing them and sent him away.

Jesus heard what had happened and sought out the man.

Jesus: “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

Man: “I want to believe, Lord, Who is He?”

Jesus: “You have seen His face with your new eyes, and you are talking to Him now.”

Formerly Blind Man: “Lord, I do believe.”

The man bowed low to worship Jesus.

“The Peace of Wild Things”
Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where to wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

 

“Try a Little Kindness”
Glen Campbell

If you see your brother standing by the road
With a heavy load from the seeds he’s sowed
And if you see your sister falling by the way
Just stop and say, you’re going the wrong way

Don’t walk around the down and out
Lend a helping hand instead of doubt
And the kindness that you show every day
Will help someone along their way

You got to try a little kindness
Yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see
And if you try a little kindness
Then you’ll overlook the blindness
Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets

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