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Daily Devotion for January 31, 2017


<i>Delta Baptism</i> by Larry Dell Alexander, contemporary.
Delta Baptism, by Larry Dell Alexander, contemporary.

Prayers

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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.

A beautiful modern song, Miserere, sung by Andrea Bocelli and John Miles.




Celtic Prayer for the Morning

I  will kindle my fire this morning in the presence of the holy angels of heaven; Without malice, without jealousy, without envy, without fear; without terror of any one under the sun, but the Holy Son of God to shield me.

God, kindle thou in my heart within a flame of love to my neighbour, to my foe, to my friend, to my kindred all; To the brave, to the coward, to the man in the street, O Son of the loveliest Mary, from the lowliest thing that lives to the Name that is highest of all. In the name of Christ, I pray.

Amen.

For Strength of Faith

Heavenly Father, every life has its trials, and I have my share. Help me to see the challenges of life as opportunities to test my sincere and single-minded faith and to grow, and endure, and persist despite obstacles in my path. For people who have it easy in life develop no strength. As you have told us, the flower of wealth and fame is short-lived, for the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers it, and its petals fall, and its beauty is gone.

Give me confidence and strength in my faith, Lord, for the reward you give to your faithful is true joy and will never fade, but will remain when all flesh has been corrupted and all the things of earth have faded. Let me hold strong and steadfast through every trial and every temptation. All praise and glory to you, mighty God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Make your home with me today and every day of my life; be with me in all I do.

Amen.

Community of Prayer

I  pray to you, dearest Jesus, for all the graces I need to know you, to love you and serve you faithfully unto death, and to save my soul. Give me a tender and fervent devotion to your sacred passion by which I was redeemed, venerating you each day in prayer, and teach me how to unite sorrows and sufferings of my life with your own.

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

The River

Hope through the Holy Spirit isn’t like a well where we let down a bucket; it is a river that will carry us through anything.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)


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Galatians 6:6 (American Bible)

Sharing the Word (Galatians #88)

And those who are instructed about the word should share in the learning, in all holiness.


Notes on the Scripture

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nitially, I want to point out that our translation takes a viewpoint, for verse 6 can be read to mean something very different: That those receiving instruction should share with their teacher. If we read it like that, the sharing would seem to be physical sustenance; that is, we can read this verse to mean that people receiving instruction should provide support for those who instruct. This alternate translation is completely acceptable, both as a technical translation and as a theological issue. In Philippians 4:14-17, Paul speaks approvingly of support given to him personally by the church.

But the idea that “those who receive instruction in the Gospel should share their learning with others” seems more consistent with the general theme of Galatians 5 and 6, because in these chapters, Paul draws a picture individual and community lifestyle under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The general theme of Galatians 6 is sharing among church members. One might be tempted to refer to the lack of both written material and those who could read it in the first century; but even with the abundance of inexpensive and free Bibles and Christian writing today, those who would read and understand it seem to be a small minority. Person-to-person sharing of knowledge is still critical.

On a personal note, I would encourage anyone and everyone to find some sort of Bible study group. This can be tricky, especially if there is a “teacher,” for many Bible teachers seem more interested in promoting the ideas in their head than in studying, learning, and helping others understand what the Bible says. But I personally have learned an enormous amount from members of groups who are interested in sharing and discussing what they know.

But to the point of today’s verse: How can we comply with Paul’s injunction to share our knowledge, if we do not seek out others with whom we can share?



<i>Prayer,</i> by Anatoly Shumkin, ca. 2013.
Prayer, by Anatoly Shumkin, ca. 2013.

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