Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Psalm 104.1-9, Genesis 7.11-8.12, Mark 3.20-35 - Lectionary for 3/15/11

Today's readings are Psalm 104.1-9, Genesis 7.11-8.12, and Mark 3.20-35.

We see in our reading today that all of creation, including earth, sea, sky, demons, and human relationships are subject to the rulership of God. What comfort does it bring to see the sovereign, good, and wise God ruling over all? Though he shows his power in the calamaties that come upon this world, notably recently the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan, bringing terrible devastation, yet we can see God's hand of redemptive care in the outpouring of support and love that Christ's people are engaging in.

Let us remember this day to pray for those around the world we have heard of, people in distress. As the Lord brings us into specific contact with our neighbors, including neighbors we haven't met, may we have grace to love and serve them, caring for them as we would for ourselves.

I normally don't make advertisements in these lectionary posts. But if you wish to support relief, there are people on-site laboring in many areas of the world, including amid the destruction in Japan, under the auspices of LCMS World Relief. More information and opportunities to give are at www.lcms.org .

Dave Spotts
blogging at http://capnsaltyslongvoyage.blogspot.com

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