14 Feb Thurs, 14 Feb (Matt 7:7)
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Ask and it will be given to you. Matthew 7:7
Devotion snippets: “I firmly believe in the necessity of prayer; it is as essential as breathing [staying connected to God]. I believe in its power; I’ve personally witnessed God’s astonishing response to prayer.” by Mary Marrocco
* Prayer: Joe Levisky’s granddaughter Laney had another bout of seizures yesterday. Let’s join in prayer today for Laney, Joe, and family. Sharon Carlson sent this great prayer perspective yesterday, “If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead & see Him.”
* Shroud of Turin: Last night, I attended a wonderful talk on the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud is believed to be the burial cloth of Christ and bears the highly distinct image of a crucified man. I did a report on the Shroud in ~1987 and found the faith/science surrounding the Shroud to be incredibly interesting. The presenter, Dr. John Jackson, is a former Academy physics professor who led the 1978, thirty-person plus, scientific expedition that studied the Shroud first-hand. Dr. Jackson showed us a replica of the Shroud. He believes the Shroud was also possibly the table cloth for the Last Supper based on: the Passover meal uses a tablecloth (separate leavened from unleavened), sets of possible wine drips spaced around one side of the Shroud, tablecloth was a quick solution for short notice burial. Furthermore, Dr. Jackson proposed that the apostles may have literally used the Shroud to “do this in memory of me” (The Last Supper), perhaps leading to the tradition of placing a small cloth under the bread/wine before the consecration. More at http://www.shroudofturin.com/Science1.html.
Saints: Today is the feast day of St. Cyril and St. Methodius, brothers who are the patron saints of Europe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Cyril and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Methodius. I’m sure our German friends Lutz and Thomas find this particularly interesting :)!
Happy St. Valentine’s Day, especially to Angi :)! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine
Through Christ Our Lord,
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