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Daily Devotion for February 7, 2015



Christ, come to me you who labor and are heavy burdened

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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.

Amen.

Saturday is Oldies Day, and I know some of you can probably remember what a big star Tennessee Ernie Ford was. This is a great old hymn, filled with spirit and emotion, but rarely heard today.



Prayer for Morning

Thou awakest us to delight in Thy praises; for Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee.

Amen.

Prayer to Put My Trust in Christ

Oh Holy Christ, Son of God and King of all humanity, I bring to you my hurts, my fears, my disappointments; I am filled with worries about my health, about money, about my place in the world, and about the health and safety of my loved ones. The struggles, the cruelties, and the tribulations of this life sometimes seem unfair and overwhelming. I cannot handle them alone, my Lord; I lay them at your feet.

You have promised to shoulder our burdens, Lord Jesus, and I am taking you up on your promise. I give myself to you, with all my emotional baggage. Teach me to lean upon you, to trust you, to know that in your ultimate victory, all of my fears will prove illusory, and my pains, short-lived.

Do not leave me to suffer alone, Lord; do not turn your face away. Forgive me my every sin and take me to your bosom, for I am your child and I know you love me. This I pray in your name, whose every word is truth,

Amen.

Concerning Forgiveness

Father, I ask you to help me to be generous when I think of the attitude and actions of others. Forgiving someone isn't an easy option, and I know that forgiveness isn't somehow pretending that something wrong hasn't happened. For what I have done wrong, forgive me Father. Let me remember your words, that as we forgive others, so shall we be forgiven, and to live in obedience to your word.

Amen.

Meditation

[Being generous in assessing other people.]


Benediction

And now, as a little child, let me abide in you all this day, oh Christ, so that when you appear I may have confidence and not shrink from you in shame at your coming. For I know that you are righteous, and I am sure that I will be made righteous only by my life in you.

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.


Madonna and Child (detail) by Giovanni Bellini, ca. 1475. This small detail from a Bellini Madonna shows his genius, in its exquisite conveyance of the protection of a parent for child and, by extension, the promise of Christ's protection of us.

Psalm 142:5-7

I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.

Attend to my cry, For I am brought very low; Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I.

Bring my soul out of prison, That I may praise Your name; The righteous shall surround me, For You shall deal bountifully with me.


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Ephesians 1: 5-12 (ESV)

Praise His Glory

In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.


Notes on the Scripture

Being a good month into the New Year at this point, most people are trying to get their lives in order for the coming year. Some of us have specific New Year's resolutions — some of which are already petering out at this point! — some people just intend to do generally better; but at this time of year, almost everyone has some sense of things they want to accomplish, problems they want to handle, etc.

When we do this, it is well also to reflect on how much we have been given. It is a good time to back away from our lives for a minute and think about what is important. Because if we do, no matter how many problems we have, we can put our problems in the perspective.

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Everyone has problems. Wouldn't it be interesting to be able to be somebody else for a day? I think most of us would choose somebody younger, richer, thinner, better-looking, smarter, or having other aspects of their life free of what we perceive to be worldly problems or shortcomings that make us suffer. But what would be most interesting would be to see how burdened they are with their own problems.

We might be surprised, stepping into the life of a multimillionaire, how much pain they are feeling from a child with behavior problems or who despises and rejects them, or from a parent who is critical of them. Or if we choose to be that slender beautiful teenager for a day, how crushed they are feeling about not getting into the college they wanted, or the confusion and anxiety they feel about their future. If we live life in the shoes of the successful young attorney, perhaps his girlfriend is pregnant, or he is feeling tremendous pressure to work even harder and is getting an ulcer. We do not feel, or often even see, other people's problems.

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ut there is one thing we know for certain: "God destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will." We are destined to be God's children by our faith in Jesus Christ. The one critical problem has been solved. It is a problem we do not have. Our sins and our failures have already been erased by the exercise of the greatest power in the universe, the infinite grace that has been "lavished upon us". Does Bill Gates have 50 billion dollars in U.S. currency? You have 50 billion plus one dollars in heavenly currency, and there is nothing outside of you that can make it disappear, and you are never going to lose one penny of it; even death cannot steal your salvation.

Do 20 million people know and admire Oprah Winfrey? The angels don't watch television. Who would you rather have love you, 20 million fickle mortal tv watchers, or God's heavenly host? Would you rather have the maitre d' at a snooty restaurant fawn over you, or have an infinitely powerful God ready to welcome you with endless love?

We have everything we need stored up for our future. Our problems are temporary, but the fullness of God's grace is permanent. How lucky we are not to be somebody else!



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Jennifer (Texas, US) says...
Thank you for the inspiring prayers and Bible study and Ann's reminder to give Jesus our burdens...at my work Tuesday's through Thursday's are generally light work days for me. Monday's and Friday's schedule involves a lot more walking and standing, (BUT to emphasise a change not yelling) from now on I strive to pause to give that burden to Jesus and remember that he is right beside me when I feel I don't have a true loyal friend. Ironic that in these walks I often find ... Read More
7th February 2015 10:00am
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Ann Brock Ludington (US) says...
Thank you Jennifer for your comment. Jesus said: "I am with you always". He is your constant companion and "official burden-carrier". Smile
7th February 2015 10:45am
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Andrea Flannery (US) says...
Bless you Ann for sharing this powerful scripture with us.

"Jesus is saying to us...Come and share my yoke with me and we will plow the field of life together”.

What a blessing that our Lord [B]continues to accept and lighten my burdens.[B][
7th February 2015 9:32am
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Ann Brock Ludington (US) says...
Bless you Andrea for your comment. Smile
7th February 2015 10:37am
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helen timmler (bear grass, US) says...
SmileThank you so much for this wonderful message today and the Daily Inspiration Mason. I am a "Burden Carrier" and needed this little reminder. Thanks again and may we never, ever forget that God is in control and He is always there to carry our load. Praise His name.
7th February 2015 6:46am
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Marybell (San Diego, US) says...
My wife is sharing this Daily Prayer with me,this touched my heart to hear her reading the prayer for those who suffer from the ravages of growing older and to hear her voice break up as she remembers her mother amidst the difficulties of a strained relationship. What a blessing to focus on other needs than our own, and what a blessing your website is.

"My chains are gone, I've been set free!"

Fernando (Marybell''s Lovebird)
5th February 2015 12:54pm
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