Daily Devotion for March 10, 2011
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.
Prayer for the Morning
Oh God the King eternal, who divides the day from the darkness, and has turned the shadow of death into the light of morning; I pray that this day you will incline my heart to keep your commandments, driving temptation from my mind. Guide my feet into the way of peace; that having done your will with cheerfulness while it was day, I may, when the night comes, rejoice in giving you thanks for a day lived in your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Prayer for Fasting
Holy Lord God, who by your word reminds us of all who have offered you the gift of fasting as a symbol of contrition; Guide me in my denial of worldly pleasure during this season of repentance, that I may always be reminded of the sin that Christ died to overcome; and accept, I pray, the offering I give you with my body in memory of Christ's suffering.
Prayer for All People
O God, the creator and preserver of all humanity, I humbly pray to you for all sorts and conditions of people; 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 the unity of spirit our faith in Christ provides to us, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.
Prayer for Renewal
Lord, I am one of your people, the sheep of your flock. I pray for you to heal the sheep who are wounded; touch the sheep who are in pain; clean the sheep who are soiled; warm the lambs who are cold; help me to know the Father's love through Jesus the shepherd, and through the Spirit.
Help me to lift up that love, and show it all over this land. Help me to build love on justice and justice on love. Help me to believe mightily, hope joyfully, and love divinely. Renew me that I may help renew the face of the earth.
(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.
Words to Live By
"You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving."
~ Amy Carmichael
John 9:7-12 (NASV)
A Man Blind from Birth 
So he went away and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore the neighbors, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying, "Is not this the one who used to sit and beg?" Others were saying, "This is he," still others were saying, "No, but he is like him." He kept saying, "I am the one."
So they were saying to him, "How then were your eyes opened?" He answered, "The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, 'Go to Siloam and wash'; so I went away and washed, and I received sight."
They said to him, "Where is He?" He said, "I do not know."
Notes on the Scripture
If you read yesterday's lesson, you will remember that the blind man is an allegory for all humanity; Jesus spits in the mud, representing the mixture of God and man that is Jesus himself, and heals the man who had been blind from birth. He represent all of us, who have been blind but have been enabled to see the light by the grace of Christ.
Today's verse shows what we are to do with our salvation. We are supposed to let our salvation be seen by our neighbors. The people who know the man cannot believe he is the same person. When they are finally convinced it is he, they ask him how his "eyes were opened".
His answer is the same as ours. A man named Jesus has done it. He tells us, after we are born of clay, to "go and wash", that is, to go and be baptized. But he is now gone. The man cannot tell his neighbors where Christ is, just as we cannot see him or show him to anyone, because he is gone from the earth. But he has left behind his legacy, which is our salvation and eternal life: he will still heal the blindness that we have had from birth, if we only believe in him.