THOUGHT PROVOKERS for the Gospel reading of this Sunday

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John 11:1-45, the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead..

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Some years ago, I read about a women’s prayer network in Goiania, Brazil. The network had begun ten years earlier with five women. It grew until it had nearly a quarter million people praying daily. The women, from many denominations, had trained more than 5,000 prayer leaders.
Local news media credited prayer with preventing a bloodbath at a local prison. Inmates had taken several hostages when the warden asked the intercessors to pray for the situation, and provided a phone link to allow them to pray directly for the prisoners. The situation ended without bloodshed.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.”
Then he asked, “Do you believe this?”

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He brought light out of darkness, not out of a lesser light;
he can bring your summer out of winter, though you have no spring;
though in the ways of fortune, or understanding, or conscience,
you have been benighted until now,
wintered and frozen, clouded and eclipsed,
damped and benumbed, smothered and stupefied till now,
now God comes to you,
not as in the dawning of the day,
not as in the bud of the spring,
but as the sun at noon.

John Donne,
Sermon Preached on Christmas Day, 1624

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.”
Then he asked, “Do you believe this?”

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“I am a fortunate, blessed man. Aside from AIDS and heart disease, I have no problems. My stepmother, about whom I care deeply both for my sake and for my dead father’s, is in fine health; my wife is in fine health; my daughter radiates vitality. I have loving friends in abundance. I have the support of skilled doctors and nurses. I need nothing that money can buy. So why should I complain? And beyond them, I have God to help me.”

Arthur Ashe, tennis great, in his book, Days of Grace. Ashe was infected with the AIDS virus through a blood transfusion in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and has since died of the disease.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.”
Then he asked, “Do you believe this?”

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O Lord, support us all the day long,
until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then in Thy mercy grant us a safe lodging,
and a holy rest,
and peace at the last.

Book of Common Prayer

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.”
Then he asked, “Do you believe this?”

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AN EPITAPH:

Lazarus
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Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.”
Then he asked, “Do you believe this?”

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Gathered by Dick Donovan

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Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
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