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Monday, May 10, 2021
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Evening Devotion for May 10, 2021


<i>The Twelve Year Old Jesus in front of the Scribes,</i>  by Rembrandt, c.1655.
The Twelve Year Old Jesus in front of the Scribes, by Rembrandt, c.1655.

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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.

In honor of Mothers’ Day, we listen to this sweet bluegrass homage to a mother in heaven, from Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris. (How young they look!)




Soul of Christ

Soul of Christ make me holy,
Body of Christ save me,
Blood of Christ fill me with love,
Water from Christ’s side, wash me,
Passion of Christ strengthen me,
Good Jesus hear me,
Within your wounds hide me,
Never let me be parted from you,
From the evil enemy protect me,
At the hour of my death call,
And tell me to come to You,
That with your saints I may praise you,
Through all eternity,

Amen.

Benediction

If you are with me, O God, who can be against me? For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus my Lord.

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

Ephesians 6:12-13 (ESV)

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.


Blue Latin Cross

Galatians 5:22-23 (American Bible)


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ut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience under tribulation, kindness, goodness, faith,

meekness, self-control; no law is contrary to such things.



Notes on the Scripture

Fruits of the Spirit - Patience (Galatians #82)

There are two related ways to describe the virtue, generally translated as “patience” in this passage. The first is the one that comes immediately to mind, the general meaning we give the word “patience” in English; that is, remaining in a tranquil state while awaiting an outcome. The application of patience to the Christian mindset is immediately obvious. After all, we have been waiting for the return of Christ for 2,000 years, now, and we might wait thousands more.

Paul in Prison
Paul in Prison

It is also, surely, a virtue when dealing with other people, as it leads to kindness. Does it take Aunt Agnes five minutes to understand something you are trying to tell her? Well, there's no use in trying to hurry her. You'll either hurt her feelings or else tear yourself up with internalized resentment or frustration.

But the Greek word Paul uses here has a more specific connotation, as well as the general one. It refers to how we react to provocation. It is one thing to stay calm when someone unintentionally wastes our time. It is another thing altogether to remain calm when someone knowingly or even intentionally provokes us.

So we see, immediately, that patience ties directly to the preceding fruit of the Spirit, peace. It is the attitude that allows us to keep the peace when we are provoked. The range of time is from the very short term — such as somebody disagreeing with something we know to be true, or cutting in front of us in line — to the very long term. Underlying it is faith that God is in charge, and that He knows what He is doing!

The idea of remaining calm in the face of provocation applies to much more serious acts than cutting in line or verbal insult. It includes real suffering, and in the extreme, death. What virtues did Christ show when He was put on trial for imaginary charges, tortured, and hung up to die? One of them was patience. He endured His pain without cursing those who inflicted it. He let things run their course without anger or complaint.

With faith we inherit the Spirit, and with the Spirit, we can demonstrate patience; for we know God’s will shall be done and His plan accomplished, making it possible for us to endure the worst that the world can throw at us. For we are certain that evil will pass, and Christ will return in glorious victory.



<i>Head of Christ,</i> by Mary Jane Miller, contemporary.
Head of Christ, by Mary Jane Miller, contemporary.

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Bensays...

Today's DI is a reminder that Christianity is not just for well educated scholars. The young, the uneducated, the lowest (by earthly measures) are called to be believing Christians.

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In this world, this life, that is constantly changing, requiring readjustment, and alteration, I am thankful for the “anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure,” God and His Word.

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No, and I doubt there ever will be. "Apps" are written in a completely different language and are geared for commercial enterprise. You can make a sort of "app" on a mobile device by dragging the address from the browser (Safari, Chrome, etc.) onto your home screen. But it will still scroll. You can then click to access the current day.

I don't think they are really any better for reading. We try really hard to avoid pop-ups, automatic redirects, etc.

We do, however, intend to improve the appearance of the mobile version of Daily Prayer in the next year. Our time and budget are quite limited, and we are still working on recovering from a disastrous, involuntary "server migration" in 2020. There is currently a lot of activity going on behind the scenes, pretty much a complete overhaul of the code engine that runs the page. I'm hoping I'll get this finished in the next six months.

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Paulsays...

Loved the clarity of the daily inspiration today, The Bible is the word and nothing can alter it. Thank you Mason.

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