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Daily Devotion for July 18, 2017


Devotion painting by Ford Madox Brown, The Baptism of Edwin
The Baptism of King Edwin by Ford Madox Brown, c. 1885. The mural depicts the Baptism of Edwin VII of Northumbria, watched by his Christian wife Ethelburga and family.

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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 Child's Prayer

For Morn, my dome of blue,
For Meadows, green and gay,
And Birds who love the twilight of the leaves,
Let Jesus keep me joyful when I pray.

For the big Bees that hum
And hide in bells of flowers;
For the winding roads that come
To Evening’s holy door,
May Jesus bring me grateful to his arms,
And guard my innocence for evermore.

Amen.

Prayer for the Deceased

Heavenly Father, blessed my loved ones who have passed from this life. Grant them mercy and peace; lead them to your loving embrace. And bring comfort and the consolation of hope to me, and to all who grieve for the dead.

I thank you, Lord, for the grace to move me through the challenges of this life and, especially, to look beyond death with faith and hope, to the new life you have promised.

Amen.

Meditation

[The good examples of those who went before us.]


Benediction

May I go in peace, with God and with his other children, and may we love one another as Christ taught us. May I follow the example of good men of old, and may God comfort and help me and all who believe in Him, both in this world and in the world which is to come.

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

Proverbs 16:25 (NASB)

There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.


Blue Latin Cross

Genesis 37:2-11 (ESV)

Joseph’s Dreams

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father.

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.

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ow Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed: Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.” His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?”

And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.


Notes on the Scripture

You could not accuse Joseph of being overly discrete, could you? First, he rats out his brothers to his parents. Then he has a dream where his sheaf stands up straight in the middle of a field and all his brothers’ sheaves gather around it and bow down, and he goes straight to his brothers and tells them about it. Then he dreams about the sun and moon and exactly 11 stars bowing down to him, and this time he tells not only his brothers, but also his parents.

Luckily, his father Israel (Jacob) doesn’t take the kind of offense at a dream where he’s bowing down to his young son that the brothers do. His young son is his favorite, but giving him a special coat “of many colors” just adds fuel to the fire. Joseph, who seems even for a teenager unusually blind to diplomacy or the realities of human nature, drives eleven brothers (who are older and presumably stronger in the first place) to despise him.



Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors


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