Lent 1 – Thursday – The power of the name

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Knitting Idea:

Same as Tuesday.

Pattern abbreviations:  C4F (Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle, hold them in front of work, K2 and then K2 stitches from the cable needle- video instructions here) RC2/2 (Slip 2 purl stitches onto the cable needle and hold in back of work, K2, P2 stitches from the cable needle) LC2/2 (Slip next two knit stitches onto the cable needle, P2 then knit the stitches from the cable needle) C4B (Slip 2 stitches to the cable needle, hold them in back of work, K2, then K2 stitches from the cable needle

Pattern suggestion:  

Row 1:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  P4,  C4F,  P4,  C4F,  P2, LC2/2,  RC2/2,  P2, C4B,  P4,  C4B, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 2, 3 and 4 are all the same:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  (P4,K4) a total of five times   P1, K1, P1, K1

Reflection:

I have been praying the Jesus prayer as I close the second center circular cable.  This prayer has changed my life.  I’ve tried to say it as often as I can every day for the past 20 years.  It’s a calming and focusing prayer and it goes like this:  “Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me.”  That is the short version.  The long version is “Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”  I find that when I say it over and over and over it changes my mood.  When I say it in a group, you can sense the change in the room.

I’ll never forget the day my supervisor in the hospital told me about that prayer.  I was a chaplain dealing with a man who had just been declared brain dead.  His wife was one of seven kids and all of them had shown up with their families and 40 some odd people were milling around while the medical staff hovered over the body hoping the family would decide to donate the organs.  I was having a hard time dealing with everything about that situation.  My supervisor showed up and asked me if I knew the Jesus prayer.  I didn’t.  He said, there is power in that name.  Jesus communicated God’s love to the world.  You are a chaplain and you need to remind these people they are loved by God and their loved one is loved by God.  Just say the prayer under your breath and you’ll know what to do.

We gathered the family together and the entire group sat and prayed in the hospital room.  The love and grief was palpable.  The family struggled the entire night trying to decide what to do about organ donation.  They donated them.  Love won out.

The story of Jesus life, ministry, death and resurrection is about love winning out.  When we call on Jesus, we call on that love, and healing takes place.

 

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