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Daily Devotion for October 17, 2017


<i>Ruth and Naomi (detail)</i>, by Evelyn De Morgan, 1887.
Ruth and Naomi (detail), by Evelyn De Morgan, 1887.

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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.



Prayer for This Day

Heavenly Father, let me do my work this day; and if the darkened hours of despair overcome me, may I not forget the strength that comforted me in the desolation of other times. May I still remember the bright hours that found me walking over the silent hills of my childhood, or dreaming on the margin of a quiet river, when a light glowed within me, and I promised my early God to have courage amid the tempests of the changing years.

Spare me from bitterness and from the sharp passions of unguarded moments. May I not forget that poverty and riches are of the spirit. Though the world knows me not, may my thoughts and actions be such as shall keep me friendly with myself.

Lift up my eyes from the earth, and let me not forget the uses of the stars. Forbid that I should judge others lest I condemn myself. Let me not follow the clamor of the world, but walk calmly in my path.

Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am; and keep ever burning before my vagrant steps the kindly light of hope.

And though age and infirmity overtake me, and I come not within sight of the castle of my dreams, teach me still to be thankful for life, and for time's olden memories that are good and sweet; and may the evening's twilight find me gentle still.

Amen.

For Guidance

O  God, be present with us always; dwell within our hearts. With thy light and thy Spirit guide our souls, our thoughts, and all our actions, that we may teach thy Word, that thy healing power may be in us and in thy church universal.

Amen.

Parting Prayer

Lord, pour your love into my heart, that I may love you above all things, and my neighbors as myself. Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


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

Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

What Bible verse instructs us on the handling of lawsuits?

Answer: Matthew 5:40
“If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.”



endless knot

Psalm 98:1-4 (NASB)

O sing to the Lord a new song,
For He has done wonderful things,
His right hand and His holy arm have gained victory for Him.

The Lord has made known His salvation;
He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.


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Ruth 1:1-7 (NKJV)

The Story of Ruth (part 1)

Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem (in Judah) went to live in the country of Moab: he, and his wife, and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi . . . . And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.

Naomi's husband died; and she was left with her two sons. And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years. Then her sons died, both of them; and only the woman was left, out of the original family.

She arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for it was told in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in Judah, giving them bread. Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.

Notes on the Scripture

I thought it would be interesting to read the book of Ruth. Her name is famous, but her story is not often told. At least the first chapter (today and Thursday) will be presented in the modified King James version, because the language is lovely and seems to suit such an ancient tale.

It occurs in the era of the judges, that is, when the tribes of Israel and Judah were loosely united in a confederacy ruled by “judges,” after the Hebrews (led by Gideon) had conquered the various tribes and villages of Palestine, but before Saul became the first king. This would place the time very roughly around 1300-1100 B.C.

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aomi, a Hebrew woman, was driven by famine to leave Israel and live in a foreign country. She and her family stopped in an independent kingdom founded by Lot’s son, Moab, on the southeastern shore of the Dead Sea. While she was there, her sons married Moabite women, but then her husband and both sons died, leaving her alone with only two Moabite daughters-in-law who were widows themselves. In the ancient middle east, like many places, being a widow without sons was a precarious position.

She learns that the famine in Judah has ended and determines to return to her own tribe. This makes good sense, despite the perils of the journey, because the Hebrews had at least a rough support system for widowed women. Naomi would have been considered still a part of her husband's family and could reasonably expect that they would feel some obligation towards her.




Devotional stained glass, Ruth and Miriam, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh
Ruth and Miriam, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh


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Philippians 2:8: Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.


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R (US) says...
I needed this prayer by Max Ehrman today. Thank you for the encouragement and comfort of those precious words --- no matter where we are in life's journey, He is forever faithful even in our simple daily needs. ----- My heartfelt condolences to you, Mason regarding your life long fury friend/companion. We lost our beloved pet 2 weeks ago. Tears.
17th October 2017 6:07pm
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REV. LEROY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
VERY SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS MASON, WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU & FAMILY, GOD BLESS YOU!
I KNOW THE PAIN & SADNESS. GOD HAS A PLACE IN HEAVEN FOR PETS I'M SURE. OUR GOD WOULD NOT CREATE SOMETHING SO PRECIOUS JUST TO BE DESTROYED. IN MY OPINION A DOG HAS A LOVE AND COMMITMENT CLOSER TO GOD'S LOVE THAN ANY OTHER CREATION. YES, WE WILL BE WITH OUR PETS AGAIN IN HEAVEN, PRAISE GOD !
17th October 2017 12:21pm
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Karen (US) says...
So so sorry about your precious dog. I understand completely. And I always rely so much on God during sad times like those also love love the writings of max erhman and would love to see more
17th October 2017 11:17am
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linda. says...
Sorry about your dog Mason.My parents always had dogs & once married we did also.Its very tough putting them down at an old age.they become one or part of the family and love us unconditionally.looking forward to reading the book of Ruth, I have never read it.
17th October 2017 10:43am
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Nola Moore (Grovedale, Australia) says...
Praise and thanksgiving to the Lord God for his abundant blessings and mercy in my life.
Glory be to the Triune God forever, Amen
17th October 2017 6:34am
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Mason Barge says...
All praise to Him who made us and keeps us. My old dog is sick and possibly I will have to put him down this week. It is amazing how attached we get to pets. I am grateful for the blessing of a pet for all these many years.
17th October 2017 9:19am
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Catherine (ORLANDO, US) says...
Sorry to hear that your pet is not well. I will keep you both in my prayers.
17th October 2017 9:39am
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Suzanne (Indian River, US) says...
My heart aches for you Mason. Losing a pet is extremely difficult. I’ve had cats and dogs all my life. It does not get easier when you lose them. When you get mad at them and scold them, they still love you. When you leave, they can’t wait for you to come home. True companions, like Jesus.
God Bless you.
17th October 2017 10:13am
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Donna says...
We can learn so much about unconditional love from our beloved pets. I feel sorry for people that have never experienced this pure and simplistic love.
17th October 2017 10:19am
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Lucille de la Garza (Raymondville, US) says...
Sorry about your dog. We also lost our pet after having him for 17 years. I still miss him.
17th October 2017 10:19am
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Rudy Gruter (Victoria, Canada) says...
We grieve with you Mason. It's been a long time but lost our dog when she was 15. We had to put her down, hardest thing I ever had to do. God bless.
17th October 2017 2:07pm
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Hilary Hillier (Wales, UK) says...
Thank you Jenny for today's daily inspiration. It reminded me of a priest some years ago who spoke to us about coming to confession, which is now perhaps more accurately called the sacrament of reconciliation. He said, I love to see the people who come every week. But there are possibly some of you, sitting at the back of the church, saying, I can't go to confession. I haven't been for forty years! I'm afraid of what the priest might say. Well, said Father, I will say, Thank God ... Read More
17th October 2017 2:45am
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Mike Broaddus (Kettering, US) says...
His thoughts are so much higher than Ours,there is so much We do not know,but this I do know,He has a will for My Life and it's pretty simple,Glorify Jesus in All He has Blessed Me with in this Life,He is the Light in All the darkness We must face.
16th October 2017 10:37am
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REV.LEROY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
I NEEDED THIS SITE THIS MORNING. OBEDIENCE TO GOD. HOW SO OFTEN WE GET CAUGHT UP IN ALL THE PROBLEMS GOING ON IN OUR COUNTRY & THE WORLD. THE EVIL HATRED,ETC. IT IS ALL CAUSED BY SATAN. OF COURSE HE IS THE PRINCE OF ALL IT. OF COURSE HIS DAY ALONG WITH HIS FOLLOWERS WILL COME THEY'LL BE CAST INTO HELL. WE HAVE GOD'S WORD ON THAT. INSTEAD OF PUTTING OUR MINDS SO MUCH ON WORLD EVENTS, WE NEED TO PRAY MORE, READ AND STUDY GOD'S WORD MORE.SIMPLY BE MORE OBEDIENT TO GOD. : PLEASE ... Read More
16th October 2017 8:19am
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Catherine (ORLANDO, US) says...
Amen! Amen!
17th October 2017 9:42am
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Rosalind Hassell (Point Fortin, Trinidad-Tobago) says...
What an assurance to know that Our Saviour's arms are always welcoming us irregardless !!!AMEN!!!
17th October 2017 10:16am
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