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Daily Devotion for November 1, 2011
All Saints Day
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.
A favorite everywhere for All Saints Day: I Sing a Song of the Saints of God.
Prayer for the Morning
I call upon you, O Lord. In the morning you hear me; in the morning I offer you my prayer, watching and waiting.
I lift my heart to you, O Lord, to be strengthened for this day. Be with me in all I do, my God; guide me in all my ways.
I will carry some burdens today; some trials will be mine. So I wait for your help, Lord, lest I stumble and fall.
I will do my work, Father, the work begun by your Son. He lives in me and I in him; may his work today be done.
Thanks for the Life of Christ
Almighty God, I thank you for the life and teachings of your only Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is amazing to me that he lived and walked among us, one of us, a mortal man who bled and felt pain, who felt anger and love, who would become tired and hungry. Your love in showing us that you would share the burdens of mortality is great.
Although the terrible beating and torture, and long painful death, that he suffered at the hands of the powerful was a terrible thing, his ultimate victory in overcoming that death was the greatest victory in the history of mankind. I praise you for Christ's resurrection and victory, and for his promise to all people, that he will intercede for us at our death, and bring us to eternal life. Today I remember and celebrate His resurrection, giving all glory to Father, Son and Holy Spirit for this miracle and the redemption of our own lives. Through Christ I pray,
Irish BlessingDeep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.
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.(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart.”
Romans 8:18-25 (ESV)
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved.
Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Notes on the Scripture
Paul has spent a considerable time to convince us that, having died with Christ, we lead a new life in the Spirit. Through the power of the Spirit, we can fulfill the requirements of the law, which was impossible.
Still we have hardship. The Spirit cannot be seen and we must suffer the pains of life on earth, just as Christ did. But having said this, Paul utters one of his most memorable lines to console us: "I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us."
This is actually one of promises God makes to us. God keeps his promises, even when we do not. He has promised us salvation through grace, if we believe in his Son, if we follow Christ. But the time we are in now is like the groaning of childbirth. All of creation is suffering and the end of it cannot be seen, for, like childbirth, the fruit of our labors cannot be seen until the time is done.
We all realize what it is we do when we have faith in Christ. We have hope and faith in something that cannot be seen. Some people scoff, because they cannot or will not believe something they cannot see, right now; and in fact, some people could not believe in Christ even when they could see him, even when they witnessed the miracles he performed as signs of his divinity.
In Columbus' first trip across the Atlantic, he almost failed because so many of his sailors lost faith. There was nearly a mutiny after a long voyage, when land was still not in sight; and the sailors' lack of faith almost turned the ship around when it was only days from the New World.
Faith is hope in what we cannot yet see, but are sure in our hearts will come, and faith is patience, knowing that the reward will come when it comes.