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Daily Devotion for June 6, 2012



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Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.


This extraordinary footage of Ethel Waters and two small boys singing His Eye is on the Sparrow -- a capella! -- is taken from a 1952 movie, "The Member of the Wedding".

Prayer for the Morning

Oh Lord, most heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought me to the beginning of this day; I give you thanks for my creation, preservation, and all the blessings of my life. Grant that this day I fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all my doings, being governed by your will, may be righteous in your sight. Through Christ our Lord, I pray.


Prayer for Grace and Strength

Lord God, I pray that you will fill my heart with the blessing of your Holy Spirit. Grant me this day the strength to be temperate in all things, diligent in my duties, and patient under my afflictions. Direct me in all my ways. Give me grace to be just and upright in all my dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and ready to do good to all people, according to my abilities and opportunities. For the sake of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,


Community of Prayer

Heavenly Lord, I know I am not alone saying these prayers or reading your Word this morning, but many people unknown to me, from all stations of life, have joined together in this brief moment of devotion. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be among the community of all who pray in the name of Christ this morning, and remain among us always.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.

endless knot

Isaiah 58:8

If you do these things, your salvation will come like the dawn. Yes, your healing will come quickly. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.

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1 John 2:12-14 (ESV)

I am writing to you, little children,
because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake.

I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.

I write to you, children,
because you know the Father.

I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God abides in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.

Notes on the Scripture

John's poem unfortunately loses most of its impact in translation. Although it was written in Greek, the poetic form is Hebrew. An introductory phrase is repeated, followed by a variety of answering phrases. We still see this basic construction occasionally in modern poems and songs, such as the chorus of His Eye is on the Sparrow:

I sing because I'm happy,
I sing because I'm free . . .

But there is an oddity in John's song. Why does he write? You would think he would write someone because they are doing something wrong and he wants to straighten them out, or because they don't understand something. But he says that he writes because the recipients are doing something right. Take the first line: "I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake.

This is different from what we would expect. We would expect something more like, "I am writing you to tell you the good news, that your sins can be forgiven . . ."

John is, in effect, practicing what he preaches. He has spent much of his epistle instructing the reader in how they should love one another, and now, he is going to do it instead of just telling others what they should do. He wants to take the time to share fellowship with his audience, to tell them that they are the same as he is. It is an act of love, the writing of a poem of shared joy and belief. It is not quite praise, but at least affirmation, that the reader is fully loved and forgiven in the eyes of God.

Devotional painting of the farewell of Saint Paul and Saint Peter, Rodriguez, the kiss of peace
Farewell of Paul and Peter, by Alonzo Rodriguez (16th century).

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