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DAILY DEVOTIONS:

Apr
21

'Jumping In'

Friday within the Octave of Easter

When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea.

- John 21:7

When I've committed a sin against someone, when I've been dishonest or talked about someone behind their back, my tendency is to avoid them. One act of duplicity leads to another, and I feel a division in my heart. Instead of embracing the person and being fully present to them, I carry on an inner monologue with myself, wondering if they know what I've done, wondering if I'm a bad person.

Peter denied Jesus three times, and then saw him crucified. The risen Christ had appeared to the apostles twice before, but it was not certain they would meet again. Peter would not have another chance to reconcile with Christ. So he seizes this moment, though he hasn't prepared what he will say or do when he meets him.

Sometimes we put off confession, thinking we could prepare better. I want Peter to be my guide, helping me to seize every opportunity to embrace Jesus.

- Elizabeth Duffy
 
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May God bless our sister Autumn...we will never know what God had for her...but now, his Mercy is all about and around her...continue to pray for her soul and those who are in the throes of Depression, etc. St. Dymphna Pray for us...pray for them!!!
Jack | Posted on: 2017-04-21 10:42:19
 
Oh, Peter! Don't you just love Peter :-)

One word came to my mind when it comes to Peter: impulsive! His words and actions go before his thoughts.......walking on water in the storm, refusing Jesus's foot washing, announcing he would die for Jesus, cutting off a soldier's ear, denying Jesus three times, and walking on water towards Jesus (and breakfast :-). Most of all, he spoke and brought three thousand people to Christ in Acts 2:41! The total grew to five thousand by Acts 4:4!

As I read the devotion today, a question came to mind. Is confession the same thing as repentance? I use them interchangeably.....are they?

My thoughts now:
* The difference is the heart!
* Confess: Admit, Acknowledge, Reveal, Disclose. You can admit you have done such a thing, but it doesn't mean you think it is wrong. Examples: A child took a cookie you told him not to eat; Sanctuary cities not enforcing the law; I am a sinner in the world; Cashier didn't scan an item in my cart;
* Repent: to turn from evil, and to turn to the good. You have to first admit it was wrong, you turn from it and turn to good.
* My initial search: Bible uses both words, but Jesus uses "Repent!"
* Matthew 4:17, "From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
* Luke 5:32, "I (Jesus) have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
* 2 Corinthians 7:10, "For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death."
* 1 Samuel 16:7b, "For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

My prayer in Psalms 139:23-24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!" Amen!
Salina | Posted on: 2017-04-21 10:38:01
 
Debbie, please know I will tuck Autumn in my Rosary today.
God Bless her and all who love her.
Pam | Posted on: 2017-04-21 10:25:41
 
Lord, please forgive us of our many sins and mistakes. I never mean to hurt you.
Paul | Posted on: 2017-04-21 10:08:26
 
Great Message, Amen!
Mary | Posted on: 2017-04-21 08:28:12
 
Amen. :)
freeter | Posted on: 2017-04-21 08:07:35
 
As I get older and have come full circle in faith, I find myself trying to reconcile as soon as I sin. Peter is such a great person to emulate!
Linda | Posted on: 2017-04-21 07:53:46
 
I ask please L F family you pray for the soul of my freinds grandaughter autmn she was 14 and commited suicide .
Debbie | Posted on: 2017-04-21 07:21:25
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I will pray for Autumn. She is with our Lord.
Linda | Posted on:: 2017-04-21 07:49:19
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May God Bless you and your friends & family in this time of sorrow.
freeter | Posted on:: 2017-04-21 08:08:43
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I am so sorry for Autumn's family. There is so much pain, regrets, and guilt she left behind for those who are close to her, family and friends. My heart breaks and tears flow when I hear any teens committed suicide :-(

I just sent an email out two days ago regarding the same topic. I don't think my leadership is going to share with the parents because this is such a taboo topic, so I share with you so you can share with parents!

Take heart! Jesus has overcome :-)

"This article below "Parent's Guide to Teen Depression...." caught my eyes because some of the prayer requests we got in our girls' small group on being depressed. And it brought back memories of my experience at Franklin Regional High School in a small town in Murrysville, PA, where my girls attended high school. They were the same grades as my two girls:

* Cameron Smith, an 11th grade student at Franklin Regional High School, shot himself in 2013. www.franklinregional.k12.pa.us/UserFiles/Servers/Server_76266/File/District%20Announcements/Parent%20Letter%20Cameron.pdf

* Alex Hribal, a 10th grade student at Franklin Regional High School, stabbed 22 people in 2014. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Regional_High_School_stabbing

"In fact, suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds. Suicide does not just happen. Studies show that at least 90% of teens who kill themselves have some type of mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol abuse, or a behavior problem. Oct 18, 2016"
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/.../Teen-Suicide-Statistics.aspx

I wish parents know more about this epidemic in our teens! I wish our teens know how common depression is in their generation and that they don't feel alone and open up to share their struggles......

I want to share the statistic above and this article with our parents in https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teen-depression-signs-help.htm?inf_contact_key=e6bddb2d2e5463a28d8f65896cb835368368eb98e90eff40f0288643365c9319

It is not easy to decide whether to share with parents realizing the culture here in XX, I understand that! But with that said, the epidemic is real and we need to call it out to our brothers and sisters in Christ!"
Salina | Posted on:: 2017-04-21 09:22:44
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May the Lord have mercy on autumn.
Paul | Posted on:: 2017-04-21 10:02:22
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I offer my prayers for Autumn. May she be at peace with the Lord.
KS | Posted on:: 2017-04-21 11:00:40
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May God's presence be with Autumn's families and friends! I cry with you in your sorrow!

Rick Warren: My son's suicide and God's garden of grace......9th September 2016
In April 2013, Rick Warren's son Matthew took his life. Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day tomorrow a new report has revealed that Childline get a call every half an hour about a child contemplating suicide. Speaking to Premier Christianity magazine in 2014, the pastor of Saddleback church explained how he dealt with the tragedy.

https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Rick-Warren-My-son-s-suicide-and-God-s-garden-of-grace

Excerpt:

Looking back, is it possible to begin to see purpose in your pain?

I saw it from day one. In fact, we can’t handle pain unless we understand there is a purpose. The gospel doesn’t offer painless life on this earth, but it does offer us meaning, which makes pain bearable. The first stage was shock, which is a human emotion. Sometimes I’d be sitting at home at night, expecting him to walk in through the door and watch TV with us, as he often did. Then it went to sorrow, which is a godly emotion. The Bible says, "Jesus wept." The only reason you are able to grieve is because God grieves. The Bible makes it very clear; we were made in his image.

The third phase is what I call struggle. All the "why" questions. The biggest one for me is, "Why didn’t you answer the prayer I prayed every day for 27 years?" The prayer I prayed more than any other prayer went unanswered. But explanations never comfort. What you need in tragedy is not an explanation, you need the presence of God.

Then you come to the stage of surrender. Surrender is when you say I’d rather live and walk with God and have my questions unanswered than have all my questions answered and not walk with God.

Has this shaken your faith in any way then?

Not at all. Piers Morgan asked (we finally did one interview, and we chose CNN because we knew it would go worldwide) whether I ever doubted God or his existence. I said, "No, I never did, but I doubted his wisdom."
Salina | Posted on:: 2017-04-21 11:30:42
 
Amen! Thank you Holy Father for today and for today's Gospel. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconcilliation. Please Lord have mercy. Amen
A Sinner | Posted on: 2017-04-21 06:51:00
 
 
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