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Friday, November 16, 2018

Daily Devotion for October 21, 2018


<i>Death of the Virgin</i> by Fra Angelico, ca. 1434.
Death of the Virgin by Fra Angelico, ca. 1434.

Prayers

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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.

This old video of a parade in London in 1910 shows how much fire William Booth and the Salvation Army once had in their bellies. How we could use a man like that today!



For a Heart Open to God’s Word

God, as you gave us the sun to lighten our days, so you have given us your Word to lighten our minds and our souls. I pray that you will pour out on me your Spirit as I pray today, that my heart and mind may be opened to your Word, and that I may learn and accept your will for my life.

Shine within my heart, loving God, the pure light of your divine knowledge; open the eyes of my mind and the ears of my heart to receive your Word, this day and always,

Amen.

Penitential Prayer of St. Ambrose of Milan

O  Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit. Take away from me the heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh, a heart to love and adore Thee, a heart to delight in Thee, to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ’s sake,

Amen.

For Refuge

Oh God, who has been the refuge of my fathers through many generations, be my refuge today in every time and circumstance of need. Be my guide through all that is dark and doubtful. Be my guard against all that threatens my spirit’s welfare. Be my strength in time of testing. Gladden my heart with your peace; through Jesus Christ my Lord.

Amen.

Dedication

As I travel through the rest of this week, may the God of hope fill me with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit I may abound in hope.

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 107:41-43 (ESV)

[H]e raises up the needy out of affliction
and makes their families like flocks.
The upright see it and are glad,
and all wickedness shuts its mouth.

Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.


Blue Latin Cross

Galatians 6:6-10 (ESV)

Mocking God
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et the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.


Notes on the Scripture

We aren’t going to fool God by living life like atheists and then asking for eternal salvation. That is what “mocking” means. God knows what we have done. If a farmer sows wheat seeds, he gathers a hundred or a thousand time more wheat than he planted; he doesn’t expect that barley or pigs are going to grow from the wheat seeds he has sown. And if he should, for some reason, sow chickweed seeds, he would not be surprised to have a field full of weeds.

But no farmer is stupid enough to sow chickweed, because he knows what would happen. Just the same, no Christian should be stupid enough to lead a life filled with all kinds of sin, because the acts we commit are the seeds of our future. If we plant sin, we will reap misery; if we plant goodness, we will reap joy.

Paul emphasizes the importance of working for the good of all, especially those in the family of faith, whenever we can. We know we should try to avoid personal sin and lead a moral life, but it is also very important that we work for the good of others.



<i>Jesus Ascending,</i> by Carole Foret, contemporary.
Jesus Ascending, by Carole Foret, contemporary.

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“The Abundant Harvest”

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Matthew 6:25: Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. . . . But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.


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