Daily Devotion for August 15, 2012
Feast of the Assumption (Catholic)
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.
Even though you don’t believe
All your sins will be forgiven
And your soul will be redeemed.
So I walked into the water
And I fell down to my knees
And I took out some insurance
And I bought a little peace.
Chorus: But when I lay down, I lied.
When I lay down, I lied.
He said - darling do you love me
And I said - sure I do
And I led him to believe me
As I proved that it was true.
Well I let my body love him
God knows I really tried
And the comfort of it touched him
And his heart was satisfied.
…to make them happy
And I lied so they would care
I lied ‘cause I was lonely
And I lied ‘cause I was scared.
I lied so some would leave me
And I lied so some would stay
I lied until I lied my life away.
I dreamed my life was over
And they laid me in my grave.
I was frightened of forever
And the price I’d have to pay.
And I thought that God would hate me
‘cause I’d lived my life in sin
But I felt the truth embrace me
As heaven let me in.
And when I lay down
I lay down and cried.
Prayer for the Morning
Blessed are you, Lord God of my salvation, to you be praise and glory for ever. As once you ransomed your people from Egypt and led them to freedom in the promised land, so now you have delivered me from the dominion of darkness and brought me into the kingdom of your risen Son.
May I, the fruit of your new creation, rejoice in this new day you have made, and praise you for your mighty acts. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
For our restful sleep at night,
For the rain and sunshine bright,
For the love that Thou dost send,
For our homes and for each friend,
For the day and all its pleasures,
Grateful thanks I render now.
May our lives pass on the blessings,
None can give to us, but Thou.
Dedication to Service
Now, oh heavenly Father, I ask to be called as a witness to your love by the love I extend to others; a precursor of your justice by my unfailing commitment to what is right and good; a lamp set on a hill, reflecting the light of Christ in my forgiveness, mercy and compassion; and a harvester of souls through my humble and dedicated servanthood. In Jesus' name, I pray,
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (JBP)
No temptation has come your way that is too hard for flesh and blood to bear. But God can be trusted not to allow you to suffer any temptation beyond your powers of endurance.
He will see to it that every temptation has a way out, so that it will never be impossible for you to bear it.
Notes on the Scripture
Every time we read this verse, it has the power to change our lives, for it does not come to us naturally and is easily forgotten. There is no temptation we cannot resist. This is a pillar of steel upon which we can anchor our lives, for it is God's Word. It is something that needs to be said, and said again.
There may be pain that is beyond our endurance, but this promise does not deal with suffering imposed upon all humanity, such as sickness, or loss of a loved one. This applies to temptation: a desire to do something that we know we should not do.
Simply realizing that we have the power not to follow temptation gives us power beyond measure. So often, someone will throw up his hands. "I just can't resist." Does that sound familiar? But once we realize that the words, "I can't resist", are a categorical lie, we have a weapon that can change our lives.
As late as 1930, habitual drunkenness was thought to be an incurable mental weakness. Alcoholics, as we call them today, were doomed to a downward spiral of horrible failure and physical deterioration, ending in a horrible death. Then a man from Vermont wrote the words, "We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity," and Alcoholics Anonymous was born. The powerful temptation of addiction could be, and in millions of cases has been, overcome.
But there is temptation that is not as easily seen as addiction, for the consequences of overeating, drunkenness, or other sins of consumption are easily seen. The line is clearly drawn: we eat the pizza or we don't. For a person with such issues, "just one bite" or "just one beer" is tantamount to failure.
But pride, the Grandaddy of Sins, is easier to hide, and anger, easy to justify, for we can blame our anger or even hatred on whoever "made" us angry. Society encourages our covetousness and thus our greed. It has become a national hobby.
Through study and prayer and honesty, we can discover the sin that corrupts our happiness and drives a wedge between us and God. We can eventually learn that guiding our lives away from sin results in a happier life. But in our quest, we need today's Scripture, for it is a key to living. We only need remember this absolute, positive, infallible truth: There is no temptation that we cannot resist.