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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Daily Devotion for May 25, 2017

Ascension Day


<i>The Ascension of Jesus</i> by Harry Anderson, ca. 1964.
The Ascension of Jesus, by Harry Anderson, ca. 1964.

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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.



Morning Prayer

Lord, I come before you today and I thank You for all the blessings that You have given me. Many times my life is so full of busy work that I neglect my relationship with You: for that I am truly sorry. I know that You never neglect me, for if You did my very life would cease to be. Continue to pull me to Yourself, guide me in my journey, and hold me close in Your bosom until the day I come home to be with You forever. Be with me, and with those who pray with me, for although we are in different places around the world, we gather spiritually in Your name. May we feel your presence among us. In Jesus’ precious name I pray.

Amen.

For Contentment

Heavenly Father, I have spent my life constantly wanting more. Let me be content. If I am having trouble paying my bills, let me look to those who live in cardboard shacks without clean water; if my vision is poor, let me help the blind; if my mobility is impaired, let me visit a prison filled with those who can walk and run; if I envy the young, let me pray for those who were killed by their mothers in the womb.

I too often look to those who have something I do not, or more of something I want; let me give thanks for the great bounty you have showered upon me, oh Lord, remembering in my envy and pain that all I have is a gift from you. In the name of Christ I pray,

Amen.

Meditation

[Let me be content.]


Dedication (from St. Teresa of Avila)

May it please you, my good Lord, that there may come a day when I can repay a little of my great debt to you. O Jesus, strengthen my soul, you who are good above all good; and since you have inclined my soul in this way, show me how I may act for you, whatever it may cost, O Lord. Here is my life, my honor and my will; I have given them all to you and they are yours: use me to do whatever you want.

Amen.


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.



endless knot

Psalm 90:16-17 (NKJV)

Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;


Acts 1:9-11 (ESV)

And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”



Blue Latin Cross

Genesis 26:26-33 (ESV)

The Story of Isaac [7] - Beersheba

When Abimelech went to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army, Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?”

They said, “We see plainly that the Lord has been with you. So we said, let there be a sworn pact between us, between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you, that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.”

So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace.

That same day Isaac's servants came and told him about the well that they had dug and said to him, “We have found water.” He called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.


Notes on the Scripture

I

f today's story sounds familiar, it is; it is nearly identical to an incident in the life of Abraham recounted in Genesis 21:22-34. In fact, many scholars have wondered whether this ancient history, which came down over centuries by telling and retelling, somehow confused Isaac and Abraham, one version of this story being told with Abraham as the subject and another with Isaac.

But then, they were similar in many regards, especially in the way they lived their lives. Neither of them simply lived his life in the place where he was born. They were apparently Arameans, people given to wandering. We know much more about Abraham than Isaac, and he was the more prominent figure. The incidents in this scene also seem more like Abraham than Isaac, especially since they occur while Isaac is still part of his father's household. He was, as has previously been noted, more of a homebody than his huntsman brother Esau.



the gate outside archeological Beersheba, Israel
The gate, well, and a tamarisk tree outside the archeological dig at Beersheba. This could easily be Issac's well.

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