Habits of Grace: His eye is on the sparrow

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Editor’s note: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is offering Habits of Grace, a weekly meditation to help Episcopalians cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing physical distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’ A new video meditation will be posted on Mondays through May.” — Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.April 6, 2020:  His Eye is on the Sparrow Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Habits of Grace, COVID-19, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Jobs & Calls Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC There is a prayer that begins the Good Friday liturgy that may be perfect for this time. It’s found on page 276 in the prayer book and it prays, “Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this, your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and given into the hands of sinners and to suffer death upon the cross. Who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.” That may well be a prayer for us this Holy Week.“Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this, your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed.” Over the years that I’ve prayed that prayer, almost some 40 years now as a priest, I’ve often asked myself the question, who’s the family? Who’s the family we are asking God to behold? Is it the family of faith? Those who have been baptized and accepted and follow Jesus as savior and Lord? I think that’s true. But is it bigger than that? And during this Holy Week, in the midst of COVID-19, I believe we must pray it, praying it bigger than praying for ourselves. I have a feeling this prayer is for the entire human family of God.John 3:16, speaking of Jesus giving his life as an act of love on the cross, says, “God so loved the world.” Not just the church, not just his faithful followers, not just any particular nation or any particular race or any particular ideology or religion. No, no, no. “God so loved the world that he gave his only son.” The family in the prayer, let it be the human family of God. Let it be all of us. Asking God to behold us now. To behold us in these moments. To behold those who are sick, who suffer, who die. To behold their families and loved ones. Behold all who care for them. Behold us all.When I hear that word behold, praying God behold this your family, particularly during this Holy Week, which may be one of the toughest times during this pandemic, I remember that old song that says this, “Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the shadows come? Why should my heart be lonely and long for heaven and home when Jesus is my portion, my constant friend is he? His eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me.” And then the next verse says, “Let not your hearts be troubled. His tender word I hear. And resting on his goodness, I lose my doubts and fears. Though by the path he leadeth, but one step I may see, his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me. Oh, I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free. His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.”God love you, God bless you, and may God hold us all, the entire human family of God, in those almighty hands of love. 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CONSISTENT: Brazil make it eight in a row with narrow win over Chile

first_imgStat: Since 2006, Brazil have now scored more goals at the Emirates stadium (11) than at the Maracanã (10). Roberto Firmino came off the bench to snatch the winner as Brazil edged Chile by a 1-0 scoreline to make it eight straight victories in a disappointing friendly played as part of both teams’ Copa America preparations.The Hoffenheim striker showed great composure to round Claudio Bravo and coolly slot home Danilo’s exquisite through ball to give the Samba Boys a fortunate triumph 18 minutes from time.A bumper crowd at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium had turned out hoping to see Alexis Sanchez and Neymar sparkle amidst a flurry of South American flair; but what they saw was a contest full of hard tackles.Chile’s Gary Medel was the protagonist of a dour first 45 as he got away with leaving a nasty foot on Neymar before escaping again when he appeared to handle the ball twice in his own penalty area.Barcelona would have looked on with some concern as Brazil’s talisman was on the end of some hard tackling from La Roja as both sides struggled to test either goalkeeper. After the break the industrious Sanchez curved a free kick just over the bar as Chile continued to pose the greater questions, but it was Brazil who snatched the lead when Firmino struck with a moment of rare quality.Matias Fernandez came close to an equaliser with a late free kick but Jefferson tipped it around the post to help confirm victory for Carlos Dunga and co.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more