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Lord God I pray today for police officers as they go about their duties. Protect them from harm, and help them to keep calm in all situations. Bless their loved ones waiting at home, fearful of what might happen to them. Help them to cherish each other. In Jesus’ name I ask it. AMEN.
Lord, I thank you today for my parents, for all the sacrifices they made for me, the way they brought me up, and the example they set. Forgive me for not having been more appreciative when I was younger. And make me a good Christian parent, I pray. AMEN.
Lord God, if at any time today I feel afraid, give me new courage and the sense that you are close. If I am tempted to do wrong or to say a hasty word, hold me back. If I am inclined to judge another person harshly, stop me from doing it. Help me to live like Jesus. In his name. AMEN.
“When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, ‘You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep’. If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble’”.
Matt 28:12, 13, 14 NIV
In situations of conflict it is usually difficult to know whose account of things to believe. People imagine things that never happen, stories get “embroidered”, important and relevant facts get ignored, and memories play amazing tricks. And often upright people indulge in blatant lying.
Reading the stories of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus it is hard to believe that Judas, one of Christ’s disciples, stooped to the treachery that he did. It is perhaps even harder to accept that the priests and elders masterminded a big lie to “con” people into believing that Jesus had not risen at all but that his disciples had stolen his body from the tomb during the night. And con they did, because Matthew tells us that the story circulated in Jerusalem for a long while.
Christian disciples need to be wide awake and slow to swallow malicious stories about anyone. This especially applies to politicians because of the significance they have and the power they wield. There is always someone wanting to defame other people so that they (who do the defaming) can scramble themselves into the positions of power in place of those they oppose. Malicious rumours also frequently circulate about religious leaders, and these should be treated with care. Notwithstanding the despicable actions of the “authorities” in this story in Jerusalem, most of them are honourable and upright people.
Lord, help me to sort out the wheat from the chaff in rumours.
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