This day as I was reading scripture, I thought about how awesome is the grace we are given of praying for others as well as being prayed for. In Ephesians 3, St. Paul prays for all of us. This is such an awesome prayer, that no words from me will do it justice. He prays …
Brothers and sisters: I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
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Mike Burke; Thursday, October 20, 2016
An old saying that I heard growing up was “if the shoe fits, wear it.” That was told to me when I should “own up” to something I might have said or done when I was trying to avoid taking responsibility for it. I was someway reminded of this when I read Galatians 1:23, when the churches of Judea were talking about Paul saying … “the one who once was persecuting us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” Paul had a tremendous conversion. He had to wear the shoes of persecuting Christians but by the grace of God, he was able to receive a new pair of shoes.
I had a tremendous conversion at the age of 33. I was not a believer. I just avoided religion and people who talked about God. My wife and I attended a Marriage Encounter Weekend, one I reluctantly went to with the firm resolve to walk out if they tried to force God down my throat. Like St. Paul, I was hit over the head with a two-by-four and I fell in love with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Now I wear a different pair of shoes as many of my staunch beliefs growing up have changed drastically. I am not one with all the answers in fact, I am learning daily. What I will profess is that I am trying my best every day to love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I am trying my best to love every person I come in contact with. These are very big shoes to fill and so far, I need to grow into them but once they fit, I will wear them for all eternity.
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Mike Burke; Tuesday, October 4, 2016