This morning I enjoyed my nearly annual meeting with Live Oaks Community Church. Their Pastor, Kelley Landenberger, is an old friend of mine who invites me to share with his congregation each summer when he is on vacation. It is always an honor to share with Live Oaks!
Today’s Scripture came from Luke 7:1-10, the healing of the centurion’s servant. As we worked our way through today’s study we recognized that the centurion was an example of God’s Kingdom in action. His lack of judgment or condemnation both for the Jews, his dying servant and the radical Jewish teacher named Jesus won him not only Jesus’ admiration but a reference in Scripture as an icon of faith.
At the end of the service at Live Oaks I prayed the “Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian.” This is prayer that Wheatland has prayed and meditated upon. Here it is, yet again (this prayer has made its way into many posts), in its entirety:
“O Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of sloth,
faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity,
humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother,
for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.”