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For those in grief this Lent, 2014
By Fr. Brewster Hastings
Special to Virtueonline
March 10, 2014
In the wake of my Father's death at age 72 in August, 1996, I recall feeling out of sorts. This was after the funeral and burial, and after my brothers and I went through his belongings. Each of us was supposed to return to our families and work and be "normal" again. Well, I did not feel so normal. The anxiety and adrenaline that sustained me during Dad's final illness, hospice care and death was depleted. I was wrung out like a dirty dishtowel. Grace seemed like a word without power.
A LENTEN DEVOTIONAL
By The Rt. Rev. John A. M. Guernsey
March 6, 2014
A church I know has a school for young children as part of its ministry. One day, the pastor dropped by the school library to visit with the children. He sat down next to a little girl, who was looking at a book for pre-readers, one of those with a picture and a single word on each page. "That's a truck," she said to him proudly. "That's a drum, that's a top, that's a ball." When she came to a picture of a hatchet, she said, "That's a hammer." Then she turned the page, and there was a picture of a hammer. She looked back at the hatchet, then at the hammer, then at the hatchet. Then she closed the book and smiling sweetly, said, "This is the library. We really shouldn't be talking in here."
THE MEANING OF SALVATION: WHOLENESS Mark 5:24-34
By Ted Schroder,
March 2, 2014
In the Gospel accounts of Jesus' miracles of healing, the word "save" is most frequently used. The healing in these stories is always of the whole person. God's salvation concerns the whole person. Jesus' healing ministry is summarized: "all who touched him were 'saved' healed." (Mark 6:56). Jesus showed concern for the whole person. His compassion resulted in the alleviation of human need whether it was hunger or disease. He was seeking and saving all those who were subject to the forces of evil. He was concerned for the wholeness of the human personality. He is concerned for every part of us.
The Greek word sőzein can mean both 'to heal' and 'to save'. The woman with the hemorrhage, a disease that made her ceremonially impure and increasingly weak physically has tried all the remedies she knows without success. She hears of Jesus; she comes to Jesus; she touches Jesus in simple faith that he can cure her, or that she could be 'saved' (Mark 5:28). She was assured by Jesus that her faith had 'saved' her. She went out into a new life of peace and wholeness. There was a complete and instantaneous righting of her relationship with God which comes about when she recognizes her need, hears of Jesus, and comes to him in simple trust.
THE MEANING OF SALVATION: FORGIVENESS - Luke 19:1-10
By Ted Schroder
February 23, 2014
Salvation is the reversal of divine judgment on each human being. It is divine pardon. After Adam and Eve sinned they were expelled from the Garden of Eden and from the presence of God. "Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that you will not hear." (Isaiah 59:2) In order to restore communion with God the sacrificial system of the Tabernacle and the Temple was instituted. The annual Day of Atonement was necessary to provide for a way of forgiveness. "The whole world is accountable to God. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Rom.3:19,23) Joseph is told that Mary "will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."(Matthew 1:21) Jesus explained to Zacchaeus: "Today salvation has come to this house... For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."
THE MEANING OF SALVATION: THE KINGDOM OF GOD - Mark 10:17-31
By Ted Schroder,
February 16, 2014
"At the time of Jesus' birth, there was a deep longing for salvation throughout the length and breadth of the ancient world. The politician, the thinker, the man of religion, the man in the street, and supremely the Jew, all alike were looking for salvation." (Michael Green, The Meaning of Salvation, p.72)
What is there a deep longing for in our day? Where are people looking for salvation today? Is there a hunger in our hearts for wholeness, emotional release, security in this world and the next? To many salvation means primarily deliverance from the tyranny of an oppressive and capricious Fate which can quench life at a moment's notice through accidents, disease, natural disasters or economic calamities. To others it means the promise of a better life beyond the grave to those who are suffering in this life because of disabilities or disadvantages. To those who do not believe in the hereafter salvation lies within yourself, in self-control, in pursuing your own goals and being devoted to success in this life.
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