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Daily Devotion for May 25, 2014


<i>Pietà</i> by Michelangelo, ca. 1499
Pietà by Michelangelo, ca. 1499, perhaps the most-loved statue in Christendom. It rests in an alcove of St. Peter’s Cathedral. (See full-size)

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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.




Call to Sunday Worship

O  Lord, I beseech you mercifully to hear my prayers, and the prayers of all your people who call upon you; and grant that we may both perceive and know what things we ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

Meditation

[The Lord hears our prayers.]


To Spread the Gospel

Father God, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior you have found my heart worthy enough to save, and have entrusted me to spread the Gospel. You have handed to me the very keys to the kingdom of heaven. Let me not grow weary of His cause. And by His grace and mercies given to me, let me be proven worthy of my call. As your Son taught us, the harvest is plentiful, but the gatherers are few. Let me stand for my call in Jesus Christ and take my place among those who gather, not by argument and rancor, but by living as a shining light before the world, always ready to witness to your gifts, your Word, and your glory.

Amen.

For Forgiveness

Almighty Father; I enter your presence confessing the things I try to conceal from you and the things I try to conceal from others. I confess the heartbreak, worry, and sorrow I have caused, that make it difficult for others to forgive me, the times I have made it easy for others to do wrong, the harm I have done that makes it hard for me to forgive myself. Lord have mercy on me, and forgive for all my sins against you and against others, through the grace of my Lord, Jesus Christ,

Amen.

Dedication

Let me not forget my prayers as I go out into the world. Holy Spirit, be with me, and let me praise you and remember you in my every action and thought, for the entire week long. In Christ's name I ask this,

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

Psalm 42:1-5 (NKJV)

As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?

My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”

When I remember these things,
I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go with the multitude;
I went with them to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and praise,
With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.


Blue Latin Cross

Matthew 5:4 (ESV)

The Second Beatitude

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.


Notes on the Scripture

If you have lost a very close loved one, you know what it means to mourn. It is a shocking descent into a state of confusion and pain that cannot be described by words. Your life is altered. You seem to live in a different world, a strange and unhappy place.

The second of the beatitudes promises comfort to those who mourn, but there is more to it than a simple message of comfort. To feel the power of this Scripture, you must grasp the fact that, prior to Christ, there was no relief from mourning. To lose a child or a husband or a parent was like losing an arm; you would never be whole again. Life would chip away pieces of you until you eventually died and lost everything.

So when Christ promises that those who mourn will be comforted, he doesn't mean that they will get hugs and kind words. It means that the pain of losing loved ones will be removed, totally, completely, and forever. The terrible despair we might feel from the death of a friend or loved one — or from whatever kind of personal loss we have suffered — will be completely repaired. Many Christians seek comfort in the belief that they will be reunited with loved ones who have died, and this may be true. But however He does it, God will heal the wounds that we have suffered during our lives. This is a promise.



<i>Guardian Angel</i> by Franz Dvorak, ca. 1911.
Guardian Angel by Franz Dvorak, ca. 1911. A reminder of the sweetness of Christ's grace.

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