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Tuesday Morning Prayer June 19, 2007

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18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22 And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.” (Matthew 8:18-22)

This is tough love, Father. Tough because You call a man to renounce even his most valuable of earthly goods. The one who follows You may have no place to lay his head. The one who follows You may be called to forsake his earthly family. This is hard, even for the most committed of disciples. But this is love, because in forsaking all else, You call us to follow You. And You are the One in whose presence is fullness of joy, and at whose right hand are pleasures forevermore. Help us, Father, to taste and see that You are good, and more to be desired than every earthly good we have. And being freed by that joy in You, help us to follow You down the narrow road that leads to everlasting joy, no matter what it costs us in this life.

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