Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 27, 2009
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As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Prevailing, persevering prayer wisdom from an elder
"After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise
the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by
the angel before he was conceived in the womb. When
the time came for their purification according to the
law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to
present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law
of the Lord, 'Every firstborn male shall be designated
as holy to the Lord'), and they offered a sacrifice
according to what is stated in the law of the Lord,
'a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.' Now
there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;
this man was righteous and devout, looking forward
to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit
rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the
Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he
had seen the Lord's Messiah. Guided by the Spirit,
Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents
brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was
customary under the law, Simeon took him in his
arms and praised God, saying, 'Master, now you
are dismissing your servant in peace, according
to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all
peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.'"
We can join elderly Simeon in praising God today
as he eagerly reached out and held the tiny baby,
Jesus. Through Holy Spirit inspiration, Simeon
realized God had graciously answered his prevailing,
persevering prayers. His feeble old eyes, dimmed
with age and cataracts, had finally seen the
salvation of the world. Simeon had spent his
entire life waiting and praying for the promised
Messiah. With Jesus in his frail arms, he knew
his prayers had been answered.
Now he could die in peace.
In this brief story, Simeon brings every generation
of Bible readers a wealth of spiritual insight and
wisdom, seasoned by decades of faithful praying.
Gay or straight, we are called to pray. Prayer
is not only our lifeline to God, but also our
means of making the world a better place to live.
History has always belonged to the intercessors,
those who care enough to pray patiently throughout
If you wish to change the world, make a commitment
to pray. Pray for needs, causes, people, and places
near and dear to your heart throughout your lifetime.
Pray daily, pray often, and pray privately and publicly.
Pray until something happens and then pray more for
even greater miracles of grace and mercy.
Consider keeping a prayer journal and marvel at God's
answers. As you keep track of God's gracious response
to your intercessory prayers, you will be greatly
blessed. Sometimes God answers immediately and in
remarkable ways. Then there are times when God seems
silent for days, weeks, months, or even years before
clear answers are seen. But pray boldly, patiently,
passionately, and with joyful expectation. In doing
so, someday you too, might find yourself holding God's
answers in your arms.
In the process, you will also be transformed and
energized, blessed and encouraged through the power
of prayer. Through your prayers, you can make the
world a better place. Why not begin today?
Teach me how to pray, O God, with the joyful and f
aithful dedication of Simeon. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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