Short Morning Devotion for August 12, 2020
Happy Birthday, Daily Prayer!
“All theology, like all fiction, is at its heart autobiography.”
~ Frederick Buechner, from The Sacred Journey
Prayer for the Work of This Day
Almighty God, thank you for the work my hands may find this day. May I find gladness in all its toil and difficulty, its pleasure and success, and even in its failure and sorrow. I would look always away from myself, and behold the glory and the need of the world, that I may have the will and the strength to bring the gift of gladness to others; that with them I stand to bear the burden and heat of the day and offer you my work, as well as I may accomplish it, in your praise.
Tobit 8:1-17 (DP)
The Wedding Night
hen dinner was over, they brought Tobias into the wedding chamber. And remembering the words of Raphael, he took the heart and liver of the fish in with him, and put them on the coals of the wedding incense. Smoke poured forth, and the demon Asmodeus was repulsed by the odor and fled to Upper Egypt. And lest he ever return, Raphael pursued him there, and bound him hand and foot.
And after that, the two being shut in together, Tobias rose from the bed and said to Sara, “My love, get up, let us pray to God for our deliverance. ”And they prayed, and Tobias said:
The Jewish Bride
“Blessed are you, O God of our fathers, and blessed is your holy and glorious name for ever; Let the heavens bless you, and all your creatures. You made Adam, and gave him Eve his wife to be his help and support: of them came mankind: you have said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; let us make for him a partner like himself.’ And now, O Lord, I do not take my sister in lust, but in honor; therefore I pray you will ordain that we may become old together. ”
And Sara said with him, “Amen”, and they returned to the bed.
In the meanwhile, Raguel arose, and went and dug a grave, for fear that Tobias would die and they would be ridiculed. When he came back into the house, he sent one of the maids to see to spy into the chamber, so that if Tobias had died they could bury him without anyone knowing about it.
But the maid found them both alive, sleeping. When she told Raguel, he burst into a hymn of thanks: “Blessed are you, O God, with every holy and pure blessing! Let all your chosen ones praise you; let them bless you forever! Blessed are you, who have made me glad, for you have brought my fears to nothing. but have dealt with us according to your great mercy. Blessed are you, for you were merciful toward our only child and the only child of Tobit. Grant them mercy and deliverance, Master, and fill their lives with happiness.”
Then Raguel instructed his servants to fill the grave.
They held a wedding feast for fourteen days, as Raguel had sworn to do if the marriage succeeded. And he swore to give them a full half of his goods, and the rest when he and Edna be dead. [And Tobias swore to stay for the full time of the feast.]
The blessing of the Lord rest and remain upon all his people, in every land, of every tongue; the Lord meet in mercy all that seek him; the Lord comfort all who suffer and mourn; the Lord hasten his coming, and give us, his people, the blessing of peace.