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Daily Devotion for January 9, 2019


<i>Peter’s Denial</i>, by Robert Leinweber, ca. 1890.
Peter's Denial, by Robert Leinweber, ca. 1890.

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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.

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Prayer for God’s Help in the Duties of Today

O  God, who orders all things in heaven and earth,: Help me to go about the tasks and duties of this day with the remembrance that I am your servant therein. Make me honest, painstaking, and cheerful, and grant that all I do and say may bring good to others and glory to your Holy Name; through Jesus Christ I ask this,

Amen.

Prayer as We Become Older

Oh holy Father, merciful and loving, who, in the darkness of great shadows, is my only true and lasting light: Pity the blindness of my sorrows, and give me eyes of faith to see your eternities.

When I no longer behold what I have loved in this life, and listen for footsteps I will never hear again, and the comforts of earth grow fewer and fail; strengthen my trust in you. Sustain and uplift my soul with the words of your dear Son: “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, you may be also.” And enable me to obey your blessed commandments, that after all the changes and trials of this mortal life I may, in your Paradise, be united again with loved ones gone before.

Amen.

Meditation

[As the comforts of this world diminish, my vision of Christ grows stronger.]


Dedication

Walk with me, dear Lord, so that I may not be alone as I face this day, but always in your presence. Your joy is a lighthouse in a world often dark with sin, and I pray that I may reflect the light of your truth, to inspire others as I have been inspired. In the name of Christ, bless me this day, and all whom I may meet.

Amen.


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endless knot

Proverbs 8:1, 22-23 (NKJV)

Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice? . . .

“The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
I have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.”


Blue Latin Cross

John 21:15-19 (ESV)

Jesus Tells Peter to Follow Him
W


hen they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.)

And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”


Notes on the Scripture

Jesus is about to leave earth, and he sees to the continuation of his teaching and the provision of his grace. He spends some time with Peter, the “rock upon which I will build my church.” After Jesus’ arrest, Peter denied him three times. Now, Christ rehabilitates him by having him confess his love three times.

Saint Peter, by Giotto
Peter (by Giotto)

Three times he tells Peter to “feed” his lambs or his sheep. Jesus the shepherd will be absent but his flock will still need tending. And it will, indeed, be Peter who sees to the foundation of churches and the spread of the gospel, especially among the Jews.

This is the next-to-last lesson we will have from John’s Gospel. Although Christ will say a few more words, he repeats “follow me,” and these are the last words he speaks in John. Of course, he doesn’t mean that the disciples should die and come with him; he has already told them he is going somewhere they cannot come.

It is very plain, that he is telling them not to get lost just because the shepherd has departed. They are to follow what he has told them. They are to live as he lived. He leaves behind the Holy Spirit to guide them.

We must remember how unstable Jesus’ religion might have become; like any organization, when a strong founder departs, it was likely to become confused and splintered so badly that it would wither and die. Jesus therefore tells Peter how to prevent it: simply follow his instructions.

In fact, it did become confused and splintered, but did not die. His story was taken down in writing by four men (with the help of many others) and churches would become established and flourish. They would go wrong in many instances; but always, his word, the Bible, would remain behind. And like Peter, we are able to follow him because of it.



St. PeterText: St. Peter

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Robert Leinweber

Anton Robert Leinweber, who painted the large painting today, was a Czech artist who lived from 1845 to 1921. He seems to have spent his career in Germany and North Africa; you can see that both Peter and the background look a bit Tunisian! There is very little information about him available easily; the only Wikipedia article about him is in German. My best guess as to what one would call his school is “Late Romanticism.” If you want to see more of his work, ArtNet has a few of his paintings.

Memory Verse

Philippians 2:6-7 (DP): Although He existed in the form of God, Christ did not retain equality with God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant and being made in the likeness of men.


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