Daily Devotion for March 13, 2017
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.
In open fields of wild flowers,
she breathes the air and flies away.
She thanks her Jesus for the daises and the roses
in no simple language.
Someday she'll understand the meaning of it all
He's more than the laughter or the stars in the heavens.
As close a heartbeat or a song on her lips
Someday she'll trust Him and learn how to see Him;
Someday He'll call her and she will come running
and fall in His arms and the tears will fall down and she'll pray,
I want to fall in love with You. [x4]
Sitting silent wearing Sunday best
The sermon echoes through the walls
A great salvation through it calls to the people
who stare into nowhere, and can't feel the chains on their souls.
He's more than the laughter or the stars in the heavens
As close a heartbeat or a song on our lips.
Someday we'll trust Him and learn how to see Him;
Someday He'll call us and we will come running
and fall in His arms and the tears will fall down and we'll pray,
It seems too easy to call you "Savior",
Not close enough to call you "God"
So as I sit and think of words I can mention
to show my devotion
My heart beats for You.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Daniel Mason,
Matthew Ryan Bronleewe, Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell
Prayer for the Morning
Dear Lord, thank you for this beautiful day. Look after me and protect me throughout the day. Give me the wisdom to see and experience Your world in all its beauty. Let me experience the wonder of your creation.
Protect my family and those closest to me. Let me share with the world today, learning, growing, and contributing, and make the world a better place for all who know me, and for those who don't.
O thou who coverest thy high places with the waters,
Who settest the sand as a bound to the sea
And dost uphold all things:
The sun sings thy praises,
The moon gives thee glory,
Every creature offers a hymn to thee,
His author and creator, for ever.
Lord, in utter humility I thank you and glorify you, that you might hear the prayer of one so small as myself, amidst the billions of souls among billions of stars in one of billions of galaxies in your universe. Let me go forth in your peace, keeping your Spirit always in my mind; and bless me, I pray, that I might always follow your will and live in the radiance of your blessing.
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.
Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question
What Bible verse tells us, “You shall also love the stranger”?
A Quote from Buddha
You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
James 1:19-26 (ESV)
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it, he will be blessed in what he does.
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Notes on the Scripture
e included a quote from Buddha today. Of all the non-Christian religions, Buddhism seems to be the closest to Christianity in its teachings about daily life and behavior. As Christians, we must reject some of its fundamental tenets — most basically, its failure to grasp the concept of salvation through God's grace. But many of Buddha's teachings lend a practical aspect to behavior that is also taught by Christ and the disciples.
Both Buddha and James tell us to avoid anger. Like so many Christian teachings, following a path for spiritual reasons gives us benefit in our earthly life.
As Christians, we must avoid anger because it is usually sinful in itself; but even worse, it often leads to terrible things. It is called one of the “seven deadly sins” for good reason. It is like a “gateway drug”. Not only is it harmful in itself, but it deprives us of our judgment and our love. How many murders have been committed, how many wars started, how many friendships, marriages and jobs ruined, because of anger? James goes so far as to call it “moral filth”.
Taming our anger helps us live better and longer lives on earth. Scientific studies have proven that a person's subject's hostility ratings (how hostile and irritable they tend to act towards others) predict heart disease -- the number one cause of death -- more accurately than other known risk factors including cholesterol, alcohol intake, cigarette smoking and being overweight. Have you never lost sleep because you were seething over some petty matter?
It is in this respect that Buddha's sayings ring so true. To become angry, to act out of hatred, harms the person who has the anger. We may do even more harm to someone else, but have no doubt, by acting on your anger you hurt yourself in the physical world as well as in the world of the spirit. People who give free reign to their anger live short and miserable lives.
(There is a good secular article on anger and anger management at MentalHelp.net.)