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Daily Devotion for December 7, 2017


<i>The Sense of Sight</i>, by Annie Louisa Swynnerton, ca. 1898><br class=
The Sense of Sight, by Annie Louisa Swynnerton, ca. 1898. The title refers to the ability to see the light, both physical and the “light of the world.” (John 1:4-5)

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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.

Our music today, from a candlelight service at Baylor University, is the main subject of today’s Scripture Notes.



Prayer to Thirst for God

Lord God, I have tasted your goodness and it has satisfied me, yet it has made me thirst for even more. I am so painfully aware of my need for even more grace than I now enjoy; and even when I do not want more, I am ashamed of my lack of desire. I want you completely, mighty God, and I want to want you even more than I do.

Fill me with longing for you; make me even thirstier. Show me your glory, I pray, so that I may know you always better and better, growing in my faith and love. From your infinite mercy, begin a new work of love within me this moment. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.’ And give me grace to rise up and follow you, from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.

Amen.

Prayer for All People

O  God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, I humbly pray to you for all sorts and conditions of humanity; that it might please you to make your Word known to them and bring your saving health to all nations. In particular I pray for the entirety of your church, in all of its many forms; that it may be guided and governed by your Holy Spirit, and that all who profess your name and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth. May all of us live in that unity of spirit which our faith in Christ provides to us, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.

Finally, I commend to your fatherly goodness all those who are ill or in distress, in their mind, body, or circumstances. May it please you to comfort and relieve them in accordance with their needs, giving them patience during their suffering, and a fortunate outcome to all of their problems. And this I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, who was always pleased to relieve the suffering of those he encountered.

Amen.

Dedication

O  God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, I pray,

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.

Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

Which Bible verse tells us that God will rebuke us if we add to His words?

Answer Proverbs 30:5-6



endless knot

Bethlehem

“For outlandish creatures like us, on our way to a heart, a brain, and courage, Bethlehem is not the end of our journey but only the beginning - not home but the place through which we must pass if ever we are to reach home at last.”

~ Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat


Blue Latin Cross

Revelation 22:12-17 (ESV)

Alpha and Omega

Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.



Notes on the Scripture

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lpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, and Omega is the last letter. Saying that “I am the Alpha and Omega” is a poetic way of restating that God is the very beginning of all things and will be the very end. There was nothing before Him, and there can be nothing after Him, because He is eternal.

The beautiful hymn highlighted in our devotional today, which prominently includes the phrase “He is Alpha and Omega”, is a remarkable work. The tune is recognizable as Gregorian chant and was actually written at least 1,000 years ago: The first written copy of the tune has been dated to the 11th Century. It was titled Divinum Mysterium (divine mystery) and it really does have a beautiful, mysterious, and spiritual effect on the listener.

Gregorian chant - illuminated manuscript

The first verse is sung here exactly as it might have been sung a thousand years ago, by an a capella male choir. There is some (very nice) modern harmonization starting in the middle of verse 2, but much of the performance is sung in ancient monastic style (developed long before the musical revolutions of Renaissance and Baroque stying): in unison, in unison with a drone note, or in eerie sounding parallel fifths.

Just as remarkable, the words of the hymn are 1,600 years old! Of course it was originally written in Latin, by someone named Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, probably around 390 A.D. The first line in Latin is “Corde natus ex parentis ante mundi exordium.” The superb translation into English which we currently use was done by John Mason Neale in 1854, and improved by Sir Henry Williams Baker in 1859

Alpha and Omega became a common Christian symbol in the early days of the church; like the fish, it was often used by Christians in areas where they were persecuted, where the authorities would immediately recognize a cross and investigate to identify Christians in order to arrest them. The painting below shows Christ holding a book in His hand, with the Greek letter alpha on one page and omega on the other.


Christ holding a book with Alpha and Omega

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Mike (Ringtown, US) says...
I love the opportunity to read this wonderful page every day. Thank You Mason for providing it!!! I want thank God for all he has done for Me the wretched sinner that I am. My scan came back cancer free. Thank You My lord and savior Jesus Christ!!!
7th December 2017 1:31pm
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Thomas Snavely (US) says...
Thank you for today's Daialy Inspiration. My daily faith walk is never finished it is a work in progress that I must continue. Thank s for the inspsiration.
7th December 2017 6:05am
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linda sharp (winnipeg canada) says...
Your message on scripture today gave me added encouragement to continue finding ways to remind friends and family what Christmas is really about.Thankyou God for Mason who is able to explain the Bible to us in a way we can understand.
6th December 2017 11:10am
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Melissa (Philadelphia, US) says...
Thank you for this powerful reminder of the magnitude and magnificence of the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.
6th December 2017 10:28am
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Kathy Thompson says...
I’ve recently heard about the new Advent calendar leading children one day at a time to the coming of Santa! I was appalled and saddened at the same time. Then to actually call it an Advent calendar.... I’ll keep praying.
6th December 2017 6:45am
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REV. LEROY KEENEY (US) says...
SmilePRAISE OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST !
" NOTES ON THE SCRIPTURE " SAYS IT ALL.
LET'S KEEP CHRIST LN CHRISTMAS"MERRY CHRISTMAS." WE SHOULD TEACH OUR CHILDREN,THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS,"JESUS CHRIST."
TELL OTHERS THE JOY OF HAVING JESUS IN CHRISTMAS." JESUS CHRIST, THE RESON FOR THE SEASON." LOVE & PRAYER, [ASTOR KEENEY
6th December 2017 2:15am
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