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Daily Devotion for July 27, 2021




Angel by Howard Finster, ca. 1983. Finster was a renown primitive or "unschooled" artist in rural Georgia. (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.

If you feel rushed or anxious, try this: Give yourself to this music. Close your eyes (or watch the video), empty your mind, and let the words of this old spiritual wash over you like a shower.




Prayer for Morning

Today is a blessed beautiful day and I praise God for allowing me another day to be on this earth. I ask Lord that you touch those whose hearts have turned cold and no longer care. I pray that they see your way is the greater way. Thank you Lord.

Amen.

Prayer to Witness Boldly


Faith to walk in the footsteps of Christ

O  Holy One, I call to you and name you as eternal, ever-present, almighty, and boundless in love. Yet there are times, O God, when I fail to recognize you in the everyday routine of my life. There are times timidity clenches my heart and I hide my faith from the world and even from myself. Sometimes fear makes me so small that I miss a chance to express my belief. Doubts and insecurity suppress the wonderful wisdom I have learned, from your holy word, from listening to your teachers, and from the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.

Heavenly Father, in the daily round from sunrise to sunset and to sunrise again, remind me again and again of your holy presence hovering near me and in me. Free me from shame and self-doubt in expressing my faith. Help me to see you in the fleeting moments of possibility and be filled with your courage and your word. In Christ’s name I pray,

Amen.

Meditation

“We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God, who is sending love letters to the world.”

~ Mother Teresa


Benediction

I  pray that I may be blessed every step of my path this day by the great God of light. May your sun shine upon me; as the moon moves the tide, may your Spirit move my emotions with every grace and magic; may my heart sing with the voice of your angels and my hearth be warm; and may this and every blessed day You have given me be filled with joy.

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 24:11-12 (The Message)

Rescue the perishing;
don’t hesitate to step in and help.
If you say, “Hey, that’s none of my business,”
will that get you off the hook?

Someone is watching you closely, you know —
Someone not impressed with weak excuses.


Blue Latin Cross

Exodus 28 (ESV)

The Priests’ Garments
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hen bring near to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the people of Israel, to serve me as priests — Aaron and Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. . . .

You shall make a breastpiece of judgment, in skilled work. In the style of the ephod you shall make it — of gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen shall you make it. It shall be square and doubled, a span its length and a span its breadth. You shall set in it four rows of stones. A row of sardius, topaz, and carbuncle shall be the first row; and the second row an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond; and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; and the fourth row a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. They shall be set in gold filigree. . . .

[Excerpts are given here. If you want to read all of Exodus 28, click the link or go to your own Bible.]


Notes on the Scripture

When it comes to getting dressed up, the Pope has nothing on the priests of Israel! The garments ordained by God are elaborate, rich, and expensive.

We are no longer strictly subject to the letter of the law of Moses, but if God ordained such extraordinarily sumptuous garments for His priests, Protestants might take pause at criticizing the ornate and expensive garments worn by priests of other denominations. We may want to worship, and it is fully within Christ’s teachings to worship, in the simplest of settings, with the teacher dressed simply; and the truth cuts both ways, for such a setting warrants no criticism from the high Catholic or Orthodox worshipper.

St. Paul15th c. breviary
St. Paul
15th c. breviary

More generally, however, there is a lesson to be learned from the reasons given for creating such extraordinary garments: “for glory and beauty.” It is tempting, when our minds run along a certain track, to view beauty as entirely a sensual delight, and therefore to decide that spending time on the creation of physical beauty as categorically sinful, or at least suspect; a waste of time if not outright wrong. But, where beauty is created or enjoyed to the glory of God, this chapter puts shut to the argument.

God commanded the Hebrews to make these vestments for glory and beauty. It would thus appear that God has commanded, or at the very least authorized, the creation of beauty in His name. It will not do to stretch this thought very far, but it is well to remember.

Also, there is room for personal taste. We might, actually, find extraordinary beauty in the white painted room of a simple meeting house.

But what we cannot say, given these chapters of Exodus, is that beauty is by definition ungodly or un-Christian. Yes, we must ever be on our guard against vanity and pride; there is nothing here that tells the congregation to wear expensive gold ornaments or seek personal glorification. Just the opposite. But where beauty is created to God’s glory, this chapter would appear to encourage it.

We are always reminded of the variety of spiritual gifts, notably explained to us in 1 Corinthians 12. If one person would live in the wilderness eating locusts and wearing a robe of hair, and another would sing or write a beautiful song, or make a beautiful piece of visual art, so be it. We work to the glory of God in many ways.



Devotional painting of
Ancient brooch depicting a Hebrew priest.

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Between July 16 and December 16, we are going to make some changes. First, we are changing to a new server. This is a huge job for us, but hopefully, you will not even notice, except that the stability and functionality of the site will improve. But it is possible that switching servers could make Daily Prayer unavailable for 1-4 days. Just be prewarned if you get a “404 Error” when you try to load the site -- it will only be a day or two if it happens.

In other words, if the site goes down/disappears, do not be alarmed. Just try the next day. If this should occur, it will be remedied quickly. It just takes time for the internet to catch up to server changes.

Secondly, I am going to change the official name of the site to “Daily Devotion”. This will describe the actual content of the site better for a majority of Christians. At some point in the coming months, you will notice that you are at http://dailydevotion.org instead of http://dailyprayer.us. But your old bookmarks, etc., will still work. We will keep the Daily Prayer address on the new server and anyone who goes to “dailyprayer.us” will be automatically redirected to “dailydevotion.org”.

There will be no change to ownership, content, format, personnel, or anything else. Daily Devotion will be exactly the same as Daily Prayer; it will just have a slightly more descriptive name. I might even leave Daily Prayer in the header.

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Romans 8:18: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.



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