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Daily Devotion for October 10, 2021


<i>God the Father</i> by Wilhelm Kotarbinski
God the Father, by Wilhelm Kotarbinski, ca. 1890.
This idiosyncratic imagining of God the Father shows His merciful aspect more than most such paintings; notice the dove of the Holy Spirit inset into His chest. The art nouveau angels with red wings are most unusual.

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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.

Kyrie Eleison is a chant from the earliest days of Christendom. The Greek words are simply Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison — “Lord have mercy on us, Christ have mercy on us.”

This modernized version is based on a very old and very beautiful nine-part setting.




Preparation for Prayer

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly-minded.
For with blessings in his hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to command.

Amen.

Sunday Prayer

Most Gracious Lord God, from whom proceeds every good and perfect gift, I offer to your divine majesty my unfeigned praise and thanksgiving for all your mercies towards me. You made me at first and have ever since sustained the work of your own hand; you gave your Son to die for me; and have given me assurance of salvation, upon my repentance and sincerely endeavoring to conform my life to his holy precepts and example.

George Washington at Prayer

You are pleased to lengthen out to me the time of repentance and to move me to it by your spirit and by the word, by your mercies, and by your judgments; out of a deepness of your mercies, and by my own unworthiness, I do appear before you at this time; I have sinned and done very wickedly, be merciful to me, O God, and pardon me for Jesus Christ’s sake; instruct me in the particulars of my duty, and suffer me not to be tempted above what you give me strength to bear.

Take care, I pray you, of my affairs and more and more direct me in your truth, defend me from my enemies, especially my spiritual ones. Do not allow me to be drawn away from you, by the blandishments of the world, carnal desires, the cunning of the devil, or deceitfulness of sin. Work in me your good will and pleasure, and discharge my mind from all things that are displeasing to you, of all ill will and discontent, wrath and bitterness, pride and vain conceit of myself, and make me charitable, pure, holy, patient and heavenly minded.

Be with me at the hour of death; dispose me for it, and deliver me from the slavish fear of it, and make me willing and fit to die whenever you may decide to call me. Bless our rulers in church and state. Bless O Lord the whole race of mankind, and let the world be filled with the knowledge of You and your son Jesus Christ.

Pity the sick, the poor, the weak, the needy, the widows and fatherless, and all that mourn or are broken in heart, and be merciful to them according to their particular needs. Bless my friends, and grant me grace to forgive my enemies as heartily as I desire forgiveness from You, my heavenly Father.

I beseech you to defend me this week from all evil, and do more for me than I can think or ask, for Jesus Christ’s sake, in whose most holy name & words, I continue to pray, Our Father.

Amen.

Meditation

“The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.”

~ Ezra 8:22

Dedication

Let me not forget you as I go forth into the world this day, blessed Lord; may my every word be a prayer, and my every act be testimony to your love and truth, and may I know your presence every second of this day, and in the week 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 22:10 (The Message)

Kick out the troublemakers and things will quiet down;
you need a break from bickering and griping!


Blue Latin Cross

Psalm 79:8-13 (ESV)

Tender Mercies
D

o not remember our past iniquities; help us quickly with your tender mercies, for we have been brought very low.

Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name. Deliver us and purge away our sins, for the sake of your name.

Why should the heathen be able to say, Where is their God? Let him be known among the heathen in our sight, by revenging the blood your servants have shed.

Let the groans of the prisoner come before you; preserve those that are appointed to die, in keeping with your great power;

And return to the hearts of our neighbours seven times their scorn, when they turn it against you, O Lord.

We, your people and the sheep of your pasture, will give you thanks forever; we will show forth your praise to all generations.


Notes on the Scripture

Three of the six verses (paragraphs 1, 4, and 6) are very much in keeping with the message of Christ and are a beautiful prayer to God, asking for forgiveness. The phrase “tender mercies” was used as the title for a good movie, Tender Mercies, starring Robert Duvall. (In fact, the movie garnered two Academy Awards, Best Actor for Duvall and Best Original Screenplay, and was nominated for several more, including Best Picture.) It concerns a washed-up country singer with a checkered alcohol-soaked history, estranged from his daughter and ex-wife; he meets a widow who runs a humble motel in rural Texas, very much “wind-swept plains” in the middle of nowhere, and finds redemption.

tender mercy|soldier giving water to little girl
“Because of the tender mercy of our God.”

His past iniquities are forgotten and he is able to forgive himself for his past mistakes; he finds salvation and peace through his love for a widow and her young son, but in a poor ramshackle motel on the edge of nowhere, instead of on a glittering stage in Nashville or Houston.

The other verses are peculiarly Hebrew. The Israelites are having problems losing battles to heathens, and they ask God to help them for the sake of His name. This might sound arrogant to the modern ear, but it reflects the way in which God had set up His first covenant with the Hebrews. Their blessed status in God’s eye was personal and tribal. They identify themselves so closely with God that they believe, unabashedly, that their success in battle will make God look better.

It was correct for the Hebrews to believe this, because it was God’s will for them to have earthly successes as a sign of His covenant with them. The Old Testament is a constant cycle of the Jews forgetting or ignoring their religious duties and beliefs; God punishing them by invasion or famine or captivity; then a new prophet (or king) appearing who leads them back to God’s Law; and God then rewarding them with sheep, land, and political success.

Although a number of prophets and several other prominent Old Testament figures led ascetic lives, the Christian values of humility, poverty, etc., were not nearly so prominent in the Hebrew theology of the day. Asceticism was practiced more as self-punishment, often as a proxy for the entire nation, than as a theological rejection of earthly wealth.

These verses also reflect the “eye for an eye” philosophy of righteous vengeance against heathens. Unlike the message of Christ, God’s first covenant with the Hebrews was often vindictive. Remember, this was written in the period before God had reached out to the Gentiles, through Christ.



<i>Blessed Are the Merciful</i> by Tiffany Studios, ca. 1919 (Arlington Street Church, Boston).
Blessed Are the Merciful by Tiffany Studios, ca. 1919 (Arlington Street Church, Boston).

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Matthew 10:37: He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me . . . . And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.



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Claudette(Bucasia, Queensland, Australia)says...

Thank you Mason, for today's Gregorian chant! The perfect piece for a meditation!

Many blessings to you all!

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Wm(Fort Russell, US)says...

What wonderful and inclusive prayer by our first President. Would that all our government leaders would humble themselves and pray such as this!

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Cheryl(Illinois, US)says...

Amen James! We need to pray earnestly for this to come about. We need Godly leaders.

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John(Maine, US)says...

Thank you Jenny.

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Waltersays...

I love the prayers of our founding president George Washington. I always find them humbling and inspirational. With much appreciation for you, Mason Barge and this wonderful site. All Gods Blessing.

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Paulsays...

I agree Walter. What makes them more meaningful is that he must have been in such spiritual conflict, as General of an army whose goal was to kill the enemy. How greatly must he have needed God's help in balancing his faith and his earthly duties...

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Jamessays...

Wouldn't it be so wonderful, and such a blessing, if all of our current leaders had the same humbleness, inspiration, and love of God as what George Washington did, one of the founders of our nation! We all need to be in prayer that this would be our direction. That from our top leaders, all the way to our local leaders, would think, and pray to God, for all direction. Prayers for this to be!

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