Thursday, February 28, 2019

2019 02 28

Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts to receive your blessing and presence in our lives.

Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, "Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar." So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back. Ruth 2:14 (NKJV)
     Father, please bring forth more men like Boaz who will reach out with compassion to those in need.

And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, "Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her." Ruth 2:15-16 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help us to be generous with our resources as Boaz was.

So she gleaned in the field until evening, and beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. Ruth 2:17 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for your bounty.

Then she took it up and went into the city, and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. So she brought out and gave to her what she had kept back after she had been satisfied. Ruth 2:18 (NKJV)
     Lord, Ruth is such a model for us of passing on the blessings she has received.

And her mother-in-law said to her, "Where have you gleaned today? And where did you work? Blessed be the one who took notice of you." So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and said, "The man's name with whom I worked today is Boaz." Ruth 2:19 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help me bless those who provide for me.

Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, "Blessed be he of the LORD, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!" And Naomi said to her, "This man is a relation of ours, one of our close relatives." Ruth 2:20 (NKJV)
     Thank you, Father, that we are caught up in your story of salvation: for Boaz and Ruth became the ancestors of Jesus (see Matthew 1:5).

A Word Received: I Am looking after you; you are in my care.

Albany Intercessor

Prayer Table/Montgomery County Correctional Facility, St. Ann's Amsterdam, February 25, 2019
     DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Monday (Feb. 25) was yet another blessed day of ministries in our neighborhood through the Prayer Table (morning) and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament (evening) at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. Please keep your prayers going for these ministries to the people in our midst who are seeking -- or are continue to seek -- Jesus our Lord and Savior.
     Prayer Table -- This was a special morning indeed as perhaps 30 persons came for the prayers and anointing, free used (sometimes new) clean clothing and free non-perishable food (plus bananas and potatoes) and paper goods. It was held indoors in the Parish Hall due to extreme cold and high winds. One exceptional blessing occurred when two women came early during Morning Prayer and sought anointing and prayer -- a young woman and an older female companion. The younger person wanted prayer for a personal problem (the Lord knows the details) and we invited the companion to receive prayer at the same time. She accepted.
     Montgomery County Correctional Facility -- Attendance rose at the four services (three men's pods, one ladies' pod) this week with 19 men coming to hear God's word, and 7 women attending. The women we actually saw in three segments because they have been temporarily moved to smaller rooms since there is trouble with the heating in their pod. (It is expected that the heating problem will be fixed this week.) Most of the weekly discussions of the readings centered around the gospel of Luke, and almost unanimously the reaction was that it is nearly impossible for us to live up to Jesus' urging that we need to love our enemies, turn the other cheek, offer them our shirt as well if they want our cloak, etc. "Jesus sets the bar awfully high, doesn't he?" asked one male inmate. Another answered, "I wish I HAD offered the other cheek one particular night in my life instead of getting into the fight I got into. That fight brought me nothing but trouble. for years." One of the ladies said that "Do to others as you would have them to do you" was darn good advice. Amen to that. One man asked of the 1st Corinthians reading, "Who is the Second Man from heaven they're talking about in this reading? We answered that it is Jesus. As Paul explains later in this same epistle (Chapter 15, verse 22) -- "For just as all men die because of our union to Adam, in the same way all will be raised to life because of their union to Christ."
     These inmates asked for your intercessory prayers for themselves and noted loved ones: Anthony, Nathaniel (and family), Christopher (and family), Roy (and children and for his coming court case), Jesse (and children and father David), Man (name withheld; and two daughters and girlfriend), Israel (and Triniti), Eliot, Depree (and family), Nathaniel, Jasmine, Maribella, Jamie, Melissa.

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