Friday, October 16, 2009

Hebrews Healthy Eating

We're all aware of the need for healthy eating, and the recommendations to have five a day of fruit and veg, and things like that. With some diet plans you can go further, and eat as much green salad as you want each day, as it's a good filler and good for you. Lettuce aplenty. As we read through the letter to the Hebrews, we find something similar. Not lettuce aplenty, but 'let us' aplenty.

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (10:22)

Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. (13:15)

Let us hold fast our confession (4:14, 10:23)

Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works (10:24)

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (4:16)

Let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire (12:28-29)

Quite a list, and this isn't even all of them! This lunchtime, as part of the 40 days of prayer in Down and Dromore diocese, I'll be leading the midday prayer meeting in Holywood Parish Church on these verses, using them as inspiration and motivation to pray in confession, in praise, for Christians in difficult situations, for the church, and for those in need. Twenty-four hours a day for these forty days, someone somewhere in praying in the diocese. Will you join them?

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