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St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, th
I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God
all my life long."
Prayer for Faithfulness
by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag
downwards; give us an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out;
give us an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Bestow
upon us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek
you, wisdom to find you and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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God of Compassion
a sermon based on Luke 7:11-17
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
When pastors get together, you will hear
the most incredible stories. One pastor once told
the story of one of his colleagues in ministry, a
young man fresh out of seminary at the time. While
conducting his first grave-side service, he
stepped backwards, lost balance and somehow ended
up on top of the casket which, in turn, went down
into the grave under his weight. The teller of the
story then proceeded accompanied by the laughter
of others: “now, there is no graceful recovery
from that! Unless, of course, you happen to
bring the deceased back up with you."
story from the New Testament tells us that Jesus
had compassion on a widow who was in distress.
This poor woman was about to burry her only son,
so he raises him from the dead.
stops the hearse, touches the coffin and says:
"Young man, I say to you, rise!" Now, this could
potentially have been the most embarrassing moment
of Jesus’ ministry, had the body of the boy not
responded. After all, this was Jesus’ first
raising from the dead experience—it was pretty
early in his ministry career. But of course,
the boy did get up.
that it mentions that the mourners were overcome
with fear sounds realistic. Imagine you
would witness something like this at a funeral you
attend; imagine the corpse would start twitching,
then sit up and start walking around. Joy
would only set in after the initial shock.
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