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1st April 2020

By Dennis Abbott - Posted on 01 April 2020

Morning Prayer reading Wednesday April 1st

Hebrews 12 3-13

3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,

  and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,

6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,

  and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”[a]
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?
8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.
9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!
10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.
11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.


The Reader writes:

Discipline; we've all had to learn some discipline in these last few weeks, and as v11 says, "no discipline seems pleasant at the time", and I hope and pray we will be able to look back on the Spring of 2020 and say, Yes, it was difficult but it was worth it. There's been a lot on social media about what we are being called to do, keep 2m apart, stay at home etc. All things we are not used to doing especially in church. No hugs, no shaking hands, no going to church even, but there are also lots of reminders of what past generations had to endure. Anne Frank and 7 others in a small room hiding for 2 years comes to mind. Yes the enemy is different this time;  unseen, microscopic but as deadly as the Nazi regime of the 1930s and 40s. So let us keep the discipline, the word itself has the same root as what we are, disciples, students.  The word"discipline" is from the Latin word"disciplina" meaning "instruction and training". It's derived from the root worddiscere -- "to learn." Which is what everyone is doing during this pandemic' learning. Learning about the virus, ourselves, our capabilities, our faith. So let us strengthen our feeble arms and remember the one who stretched His arms out for us on the cross.