Monday, July 22, 2013

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, July 28, 2013 - Luke 11:1-13

Let's say you need three loaves of bread
Because you did not plan ahead,
And company arrived at night,
Which gave you such an awful fright
Because your job's to be the host!
What will you do?  It seems the most
That you can do is go next door
And once again that friend implore
For what you need!  You've asked before,
But still, you dare, since your rapport
Suggests that when you would persist,
Your friend next door cannot resist!
It seems that he's a family man,
But you've revealed his bigger plan
That all be fed by human love
Which starts, of course, from God above.

If you would in the Spirit bask,
Then for your neighbor dare to ask -
Christ shows God's not for you alone,
So ask, and ask, that love be grown!

Scott L. Barton

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of
his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his
disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be
your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And
forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.” And he said to them,
“Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and
say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of
mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he
answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been
locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give
you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him
anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence
he will get up and give him whatever he needs. “So I say to you, Ask,
and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the
door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and
everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door
will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for
a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for
an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to
give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly
Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

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