November 7, 2023
No-Shows
For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.
Luke 14:24

We’ve all done it: said yes to a dinner invitation only to back out at the last minute because, well, we got a better offer. Or we decided a quiet night at home and early to bed sounded a lot more appealing. Of course, it’s a problem for the host, but we figure we’ll be forgiven—or maybe not even be missed.

Jesus does miss us when we reject his invitation, when we skip Mass, back out of a ministry promise we made or fail to live up to a tithing pledge. Of course, we’ll be forgiven and invited again; Jesus is the ultimate forgiving friend. But why miss out on any opportunity to join him at table?

Jesus, help me to order my priorities aright.

- Melanie Rigney

Romans 12:5-16b • Psalm 131:1-3 • Luke 14:15-24
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November 7, 2023 at 05:38 PM

✝️ How often do I miss the divine invitations when my excuses were busy doing God's work? *** One of the questions at our BSF leaders fellowship this morning was, "Lesson 4–Nicodemus and John the Baptist–What area in your life would you love to see godly increase?" My answer was, "I would like to be more aware of the prompting of the Holy Spirit...therefore I would like to see godly increase of quiet time with my Lord in the midst of my schedule for God's work and to-do list!" *** Last week was a great example when my friend in Atlanta asked me to come and keep her company for she would be alone as her grandbaby was out of town! I was just there 2 weeks before and I have the commitment of leading BSF students on Wednesdays. I was mentally and physically tired from the frequent travels to Atlanta to help her and keep her company since August! The Holy Spirit prompted me to pray and talked with my BSF supervisor ✝️ *** The trip was taxing but rewarding seeing God's increase and blessings in all we did...Saw "After Death" in the theater with big red electric reclining chairs; Ate many excellent Chinese food: Dim Sum; Went shopping and bought excellent deals; My frined got her first haircut in Atlanta and she looks fabulous; We did our BSF lessons together; We watched the Dove Awards on YouTube; Seeing her happy and not as fearful was such a blessing! I have always know that blessings ALWAYS follows obedience to the Lord! ******* Today's reading in Acts 12:9-16 give me a list of actions in love..."(1)Love must be honest and true. (2)Hate what is evil. (3)Hold on to what is good. (4)Love one another deeply. (5)Honor others more than yourselves. (6)Stay excited about your faith as you serve the Lord. (7)When you hope, be joyful. (8)When you suffer, be patient. (9)When you pray, be faithful. (10)Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. (11)Welcome others into your homes. (12)Bless those who hurt you. (13)Bless them, and do not curse them. (14)Be joyful with those who are joyful. (15)Be sad with those who are sad. (16)Agree with one another. (17)Don’t be proud. (18)Be willing to be a friend of people who aren’t considered important. (19)Don’t think that you are better than others." *** My thankful prayer in Psalm 131:1-3, "Lord, my heart isn’t proud. My eyes aren’t proud either. I don’t concern myself with important matters. I don’t concern myself with things that are too wonderful for me. I have made myself calm and content like a young child in its mother’s arms. Deep down inside me, I am as content as a young child. Put your hope in the Lord both now and forever!" Amen ✝️

November 7, 2023 at 10:00 AM

Thank-you all for your prayers for our son! God bless you all and your families. Larry

Bill S
November 8, 2023 at 12:31 AM

Larry, we have a 44 year old son who is struggling financially, has a wife and 3 kids to provide for. He struggles with bipolar depression and is currently off his meds. And no longer practicing his faith, too. So I can really empathize with what you’re experiencing. We’ll have to continue to pray for our adult children and do the best we can to help them through this difficult time in their lives.

November 7, 2023 at 09:54 AM

Melanie, thank you for this. How many times have I missed that opportunity at the table. :-(. Thank goodness that the Lord welcomes me back. Again and again. Praying for Bill’s son and all the others struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness and isolation. Amen.

November 7, 2023 at 09:42 AM

??? Were supposed to be praying hands. The program mustn't like emojis.

November 7, 2023 at 09:40 AM

God help us to recognize the many opportunities you give us to share your love with others. Help us to fulfill our commitments both large and small. Larry will keep your son and his family in my prayers. Today is Cass' 4th treatment of chemo and she is doing great! Last week, she had a challenge with losing all her hair. She bounced back and is now wearing a different crazy wig everyday! God is good! Thanks for the prayers! I'm also praying that this journey will strengthen her relationship with God. Have a blessed day.????

November 7, 2023 at 09:25 AM

AMEN!

November 7, 2023 at 09:12 AM

Amen I feel really bad when I miss church it is something I look forward to but I never thought about missing a obligation thank you for letting me know this.

November 7, 2023 at 08:50 AM

Please pray for my step-mother Ginny that her passing may be peaceful. She is 100 years old and is on hospice.

Salina
November 7, 2023 at 05:45 PM

Praying for Ginny's home-coming in Psalm 116:15-16, "The Lord cares deeply when His loved ones die. O Lord, I am your servant; yes, I am your servant, born into your household; you have freed me from my chains!" Amen ✝️

peggyR
November 7, 2023 at 09:48 AM

Good morning Stormy, I will be praying for your Stepmom Ginny and asking Our Lord to bring her peacefully to her Heavenly reward. Thinking and praying for you too, as you comfort her in her last days on earth.

T W
November 7, 2023 at 09:32 AM

God's Blessings on all!

November 7, 2023 at 08:35 AM

Amen. :)

November 7, 2023 at 08:22 AM

Thank you Melanie for the reminder that an open invitation to dine at the table of the Lord’s Supper is not to be lightly refused but rather to be embraced as a miraculous opportunity to be nourished and filled with the lifegiving loving, healing and forgiving presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Melanie Rigney
November 7, 2023 at 09:48 AM

Thanks for the kind words. It can be easy for us to take Jesus for granted. That diminishes us and grieves Him.

November 7, 2023 at 08:03 AM

Keep my promises. Be on time, period. Read my three meditations from LF, WAU, ODB, first thing in the morning, period.

Bruce K
November 7, 2023 at 03:57 PM

Hello jwcjr, WAU is Word Among Us and ODB is Our Daily Bread. Both are daily devotionals. WAU also has the daily Mass readings. Take care.

jwcjr
November 7, 2023 at 10:22 AM

Bruce What are WAU & ODB meditation.

November 7, 2023 at 07:58 AM

Lord, please hear our continued prayers for those in the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia, the Sudan, and all those suffering around the world - also for their strength, courage and resilience to continue walking in faith. Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world! You sent Your Son, the Prince of Peace, for the salvation of the world. We pray that the Peace of Christ will reign in the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia and Sudan. Please protect and send aid to those in need and all who are at-risk. We pray for peace and rebuilding– we who are working towards it and for all those who are suffering or in danger from conflicts. We pray for an end to violence and war – we pray for wisdom for all leaders who have a hand in this. Lord God please help those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.

Irene Jervis
November 7, 2023 at 09:41 AM

I read the same 3 meditations every day also!

November 7, 2023 at 07:36 AM

To Larry from yesterday- I’m praying for all of you! My son, a little younger than yours is in a similar situation. I’m praying for your family for courage, peace and good direction for your son.

November 7, 2023 at 04:23 AM

Amen...Lord, help me to always accept your invitation to praise and worship you

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