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Daily Devotion for October 10, 2017


<i>Job on the Dunghill (detail)</i>, by Gonzalo Carrasco, 1881.
Job on the Dunghill (detail), by Gonzalo Carrasco, 1881. (Full-size)

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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.

The Oslo Gospel Choir, known for its nearly pop Christian music, sounds like a monastery choir at the start of this take on the Kyrie.




A Prayer of St. Basil the Great

I  bless you, O God most high and Lord of mercies, who forever works great and mysterious deeds for me, glorious, wonderful, and numberless; who provides me with sleep as a rest from my infirmities and as a repose for my body tired by labor. I thank you that you have not destroyed me in my transgressions, but in your love toward mankind you have raised me up, as I lay in despair, that I may glorify your majesty.

I entreat your infinite goodness, enlighten the eyes of my understanding and raise up my mind from the heavy sleep of indolence; open my mouth and fill it with your praise, that I may unceasingly sing and confess you, who is God glorified in all and by all, the eternal Father, the only-begotten Son, and the all-holy and good and life-giving Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Amen.

To Find God’s Beauty in Nature

It is the Holy Spirit who makes us find joy in each flower, the exquisite scent, the delicate color, the beauty of the Most High in the tiniest of things. Glory and honor to the Spirit, the Giver of Life, who covers the fields with their carpet of flowers, crowns the harvest with gold, and gives to us the joy of gazing at it with our eyes. O be joyful and sing to Him: Alleluia!

Amen.

Meditation

[You have raised me up, as I lay in despair.]


Benediction

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.

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.


Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

Name an Old Testament verse that assures us that God has plans for our welfare.

Answer: Jeremiah 29:11
This weeks’ Memory Verse!
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”



endless knot

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today, I am wise, so I will try to change myself.

~ Runi


Blue Latin Cross

1 Corinthians 3:18-23 (ESV)

Wisdom, Foolishness, and Vanity

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God.

For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” So let no one boast in men.

For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future — all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.


Notes on the Scripture

The foolishness of human pride and wisdom is a theme that runs throughout Paul’s epistles and, indeed, the entire Bible. In fact, the most beautifully written testament to the temporality of our achievements is in the Old Testament, the wonderful passage in Ecclesiastes, which starts:

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?
A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. (Ecclesiastes 1:2-4)

The Hebrew word for “vanity” used here is the same as the word for “mist,” and in terms of the age of the universe, our earthly wisdom is as inconsequential and fleeting as a mist in the morning. There was an argument recently published between two great scientists, about whether the Earth would end its existence in 1 billion years or 9 billion years. When one considers that God’s time is infinite, a concept we cannot even truly grasp, and thus the age of the Earth is utterly small to Him, we see the folly in pride of our knowledge.

Paul refers this concept back to his main point in the first chapters of 1 Corinthians, that it is mistaken to define our beliefs as followers of a church leader. Factionalism in Christianity is the foolishness of human pride, and Paul means to discourage it as strongly as he can.

The last sentence sounds almost Buddhist, in its concept that once we belong to Christ, the world “or life or death or the present or the future” are ours. As John Wesley put it, “Peter and every one in the whole world, however excellent in gifts, or grace, or office, are also your servants for Christ’s sake. . . . Contend, therefore, no more about these little things; but be ye united in love, as ye are in blessings.”



Devotional painting of The Dedication of Jesus, by A.K. Satheesan, and Indian Christian
The Dedication of Jesus by A. K. Satheesan, in the style of Kerala, India. This depicts Jesus being held by Simeon, during His dedication in the Temple. (See Luke 2:25-35.)


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Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.



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