18 October 2020




May the thoughts of my heart and meditations of my mind be acceptable to you, O God, our strength and our redeemer.


Almighty God, be with me as I pray for disability—for persons with a disability and my own disability—that my prayer would lift the needs of all unto you and that being found in you, all needs will be embraced within your own disability. For you have taken upon yourself all that is human, even the parts of us that are broken and seek healing. We do not pray to be abled; we are well in whom we are. We pray to give you thanks and praise in the ways in which we and others are loved and accepted by you. Use us, O God, use us even with our limitations. And,despite our limitations, may we know the joy and fullness of peace. Amen.


Blessed are you Holy God.
Blessed are you Beloved Anointed One.
Blessed are you Holy Spirit.


Now Thomas—one of the Twelve—was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Risen Messiah!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, the Crucified Resurrected One came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."


Since it is by God's mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart.

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed ...

Perplexed, but not driven to despair ...

Persecuted, but not forsaken ...

Struck down, but not destroyed ...

Always carrying in the body the death of the Anointed One, so that the life of that Beloved One may also be made visible in our bodies.


For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of the Beloved Anointed One, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by the life that is now and forevermore.


So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.

We know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked.

For while we are still in this tent, we groan under our burden, because we wish not to be unclothed but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from God; for we walk by faith, not by sight.

Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with God. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please God.


Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into the Anointed One were baptized into his death?
Therefore, we have been buried with that Beloved One by baptism into death, so that, just as the Anointed One was raised from the dead by the glory of God, so we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with the Beloved One in a death, we will certainly be united with the Anointed One resurrection.


The love of the Anointed One urges us on because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.

The Anointed One died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for the Beloved One who died and was raised for them.

From now on ... we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew the Anointed One from a human point of view, we know the Beloved One no longer in that way.

So if anyone is in the Anointed One, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

All this is from God, who reconciled us unto God's Self through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. That is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to God's own self, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.

So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

For our sake, God made the Anointed One to be broken who knew no brokenness, so that in the Human One we might become the righteousness of God.


I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.


I know a person in the Anointed One who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven (whether in the body or out of the body, I do not know; God knows).

And I know that such a person (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows) was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat.

On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses.

To keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh ... to keep me from being too elated.

Three times I appealed to God about this, that it would leave me. But God said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness."

So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of God may dwell in me.

Therefore, I am content with weaknesses ... insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of the Anointed One; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.


Who will separate us from the love of God? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in the Beloved Anointed One.


Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One: your compassion and mercy fill our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One: your compassion and mercy fill our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One: your compassion and mercy fill our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.


To you, O God, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.


I go in the peace of God. I serve in the love of God. I live in the life of God. Forevermore. Amen.