Moravian Church in North America

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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Weekly Moravian Message, October 9, 2016

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

 
“I once was ill but now am found.”

Ten once were ill but now are healed.

So much emotion, so much feeling. How can one respond to such a miracle?

I once was ill but now am healed . . .

and I have the promise of respect in my community. DREAMS

I once was ill but now am healed . . .

and I have a new life ahead of me. HOPE

I once was ill but now am healed . . .

and I can’t wait to tell others! DISTRACTION

I once was ill but now am healed . . . and I am simply numb. OVERWHELMED

I once was ill but now am healed . . .

and I cannot imagine how my life will be different. FEAR

I once was ill but now am healed . . .

and I have so much to do! MULTITASKING

I once was ill but now am healed . . . and I am tired. EXHAUSTION

I once was ill but now am healed . . . and I have a healthy body! ENERGY

I once was ill but now am healed . . .

and I don’t understand what just happened. CONFUSION

But then one more, one more beloved, one whose feeling is rooted in a different soil:

I once was ill but now am healed . . .

and I am grateful! PRAISE AND THANKS TO GOD!

“I once was lost but now am found.”

We are all equally lost and all equally redeemed in Christ,
free from the power of death that robs us of eternal health.

We are all equally called to choose gratitude
as our instinctive response to Christ’s great gift of love.

How precious, indeed, does God’s grace appear when we first believe.

Thank you, Jesus!

Jenny Moran, pastor, Christ’s Community Church, Maple Grove, Minnesota

Moravian Daily Texts

07/20/2018

Friday, July 20 — Psalm 88:1–5
Deuteronomy 29:22–31:8; Luke 10:17–24

I will bring them through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. Zechariah 13:9 (NKJV)

Paul wrote: We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3–4

God, sometimes life feels too difficult to bear and we cannot feel you with us. Help us to be more aware of your presence even in the most challenging situations, and strengthen us to face the day. Amen.

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