Daily Devotion for November 9, 2019
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.
If you dislike bagpipes — they only last a minute. This is worth waiting them out.
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.
T'was Grace that taught
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
the hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
we have already come.
T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far
and Grace will lead us home.
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within in the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
When we've been here ten thousand years
bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise
then when we've first begun.
Lyrics by John Newton (1773)
Music origin unk.
Prayer of the Ancient Christians
I give you thanks Holy Father, for your holy name which you have caused to dwell in my heart, and for the knowledge and faith and immortality which you have made known to me through Jesus your servant; to you be the glory forever.
You, almighty Master, created all things for your name’s sake, and gave food and drink to men to enjoy, that they might give you thanks; but to me you have graciously given spiritual food and drink, and eternal life through your servant Jesus. Above all I give thanks because you are mighty; to you be the glory forever.
Remember your church, Lord, to deliver it from all evil and to make it perfect in your love; and gather it, the one that has been sanctified, from the four winds into your kingdom, which you have prepared for it; for yours is the glory forever.
May grace come, and may this world pass away. Hosanna to the God of David. If anyone is holy, let him come; if anyone is not, let him repent. Come, oh Lord!
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!
Dedication to Service
Now, oh heavenly Father, I ask to be called as a witness to your love by the love I extend to others; a precursor of your justice by my unfailing commitment to what is right and good; a lamp set on a hill, reflecting the light of Christ in my forgiveness, mercy and compassion; and a harvester of souls through my humble and dedicated servanthood. In Jesus’ name, I pray,
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
Where do we learn that we should not trust what we think, but what we read in the Bible?
1 Corinthians 15:50-52 (ESV)
I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
Wisdom 3:1-9 (NABRE)
What to Expect After Death
he souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if to others, indeed, they seem punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their judgment they shall shine
and dart about as sparks through stubble;
They shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with the elect.
Notes on the Scripture
What exactly happens when we die? Well, we aren’t precisely sure. We know that sinful people who have not availed themselves of God’s grace will eventually end up in hell, a world of torment; and we know that people who have found God’s grace will eventually live with Him in heaven.
But some people tell us that there is a purgatory where we must dwell until some point in the future. Some people say our bodies will be resurrected. A lot of people apparently believe that we go straight to heaven or hell. The Book of Revelation tells us that there will be a specific time period when Christ will come to judge the earth and all who have lived on it.
by William Blake
I don’t want to tread on anybody’s theological toes, because I don’t have the correct answer. Or more accurately, as with many “theological” questions, I simply don’t care; I trust in God to take care of my soul after I die. I only hope to die in his grace, through the miracle of Christ’s life and resurrection, so that I don’t end up with the wrong crowd for eternity.
In I Thess 4:13-18, Paul tells us that Christ will return and that he will first resurrect the righteous dead and then judge the righteous living. Most parts of the Bible that speak to the subject seem to say that we will have a physical body, and probably a new body that may or may not have something to do with our old one. (Personally, I am hoping for certain improvements in the new version!) The Book of Revelation specifically says that there will be a new place in which we will dwell.
Paul has a great deal to say on the issue, in 1 Corinthians 15:35-58. The passage leaves some questions open, but does clearly state that our bodies, when resurrected, will be new and spiritual. The resurrection of Jesus, immediately and apparently in the flesh in which he had lived on earth, was a special case.
What I deeply believe is close to today’s reading. (The Book of Wisdom, being one of the seven books of the Apocrypha, is part of the canonical Bible in Catholic and Orthodox churches, but not Protestant ones; however, the Apocrypha is “approved reading” for Protestants, and the subject matter of today’s quote is a restatement of ideas that occur throughout the Bible.) If you are feeling troubled or down, it is comforting to read it, word for word, until you are able to center yourself on life’s great truth.