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Matthew 9:14-17 Jeremiah 10:1-7
Some quotes, and possibly some are my reflections.
We like to be free but we like our traditions.
Rituals can be performed without Jesus at the centre of it all.
Doing things for the sake of the things, or the doing themselves, misses the point.
We don’t understand the inward focus because we’re too busy with the outward focus.
We fast for something we don’t have, and long for. Longing for intimacy with God? Fast from those things which hide my longing; fast until my longing is fulfilled – with his presence.
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To long to be with one you love
Should not presume one’s idolised
For when a love is placed there upon
The love’s determined, unionise
When one, then separation’s parting
Brings pain and strain and foreignness
Those joined and intertwined thereafter
Find torn apart, is meaningless
And yet, there’s only one I’m pleasing
One whose path I choose, my own
If another one will not choose with me
I’ll walk pain and strain, apart, alone
Reflecting on Matthew 8:5-13
The centurion’s statement of faith was about who Jesus is and who he himself was in the light of that knowledge.
His request was for healing.
His statement of faith was about who Jesus is.
Michael Card – Scribbling In The Sand
But Jesus is more than his gifts…He wants to give…himself.
…Jesus, already having given all he could, seeks out men and women to see them again, to touch them and be touched by them