Lent Meditation

Home » Resources » News » Lent Meditation

Thursday March 30th Matthew 22 : 19-21

"Show me the coin used for the tax". And they bought him a denarius. Then he said to them, "whose head is this, and whose title?" They answered, "the emperors." Then he said to them, "give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's."

When I was a young lad, I was taught that being thrifty included payment of bills, but best use of money dictated that I delay close to the payment date, to ensure that maximum interest was received from my savings. I never had problems with the need to pay appropriate government taxes but now, when I have to do a self-assessment, I tend to pay earlier because, at my age, I am more likely to forget about it if I leave the payment until later!

But when it comes to giving God what is God's, then, as the carol "In the Bleak Midwinter" says, all that I can give him is my heart — that is myself. Which left me thinking about whether sometimes I delay payments to God. When the spirit points out an obvious way to do something, do I (we) hold back — deliberating whether we have to make further checks? But, as Jesus says, we do not have to worry if we give ourselves to God. Simples!

Lord, today let me respond promptly to your guidance. Help me to understand that when I place myself fully into your hands and give you my whole attention, I can enjoy being surrounded by your peace and grace. Amen

John Bailey Bedale and District

You may also be interested in

follow the one way
Webteam: Tue 29 Sep 10:50am

We were very pleased to have our first post Covid service this morning 6th September in the Chapel. With Richard Clark preaching, we had a total of eight people present.A little strange without singing, but I did hear some muffled voices as the music was playing.All present were very glad to join together again in worshipAnother strange thing was that after the service I was just putting the...

Praise to the Lord (2)
Webteam: Thu 24 Sep 1:44pm

Sunday 27th September Worship at Home documents over to the right under the pictureThe link to the Circuit Worship You Tube Videohttps://youtu.be/se--xQCFLDQ.11( is here...

Wild Meadow
Webteam: Thu 17 Sep

https://youtu.be/As5dPqEF9Mk.11(You can access this weeks online service...

Calendar

News stories

follow the one way
An encouragement from Finghall
Webteam: Tue 29 Sep 10:50am
Praise to the Lord (2)
W@H 27.9.2020
Webteam: Thu 24 Sep 1:44pm
Wild Meadow
Worship at home 20th September 2020
Webteam: Thu 17 Sep
Sunflower 1
Prayer Space 8 September 2020
Webteam: Wed 16 Sep 9:00am

Publications

Vine at
PDF file
W@H 27-9-2020JB
PDF file
Herald Issue 14
PDF file
Vine at
PDF file

© 2013 - 2020 Ripon and Lower Dales

resourcing church and community