This week's reflection on John 6:9 has been prepared by Rev Sue Ellis for the Moderator's 40 Days of Prayer (14 May - 22 June) to celebrate the Uniting Church in Australia's 40th anniversary.
Reflection of the week
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I remember one particular disappointment in my life that ended up being a blessing in disguise; through this disappointment God showed me a better way of living and serving.
As I read the story of two disappointed disciples on their way home from Jerusalem, I marvelled at the way Christ appears just when the spirit is at its lowest ebb (Luke 24:13-35). Their hopes were dashed when they witnessed the death of Jesus on the cross. Others had seen the Risen Christ, but so far, they had not. It was only when he broke bread with them, that they knew his identity for certain.
When we are disappointed by life, Christ still shows himself to us. As we break the bread of the Eucharist, as we read his Holy Word, and as we confess our disappointments in prayer, he shows us a new and better way.
Crucified and Risen Lord, continue to surprise me in unexpected ways so that I am empowered to overcome even the most crushing of disappointments. In your name, I pray. Amen.
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