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Daily Devotion for October 17, 2021

<i>Wheat Field with a Lark,</i> Vincent Van Gogh ca. 1887. Text Isaiah 40:6.
Wheat Field with a Lark, Vincent Van Gogh ca. 1887. (Text — Isaiah 40:6.)



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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.


Our “Virtual Sunday Church” this week takes us to the Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ, Memphis, Tennessee.

Prayer for Sunday

O  God, who for our redemption gave Your only begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by His glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with Him in the joy of His resurrection.



My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do any penance you may command, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us, and in His name, my God, have mercy on my soul.


Sunday Prayer

Holy Lord, why is it that on a Feast Day the whole of nature mysteriously smiles? Why is it that then a heavenly gladness fills our hearts; a gladness far beyond that of earth and the very air in church and in the altar becomes luminous? It is the breath of Thy gracious love. It is the reflection of the glory of Mount Tabor. Then do heaven and earth sing Thy praise: Alleluia!

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Glory to Thee, transfiguring our lives with deeds of love;
Glory to Thee, making wonderfully Sweet the keeping of Thy commandments;
Glory to Thee, making Thyself known where man shows mercy on his neighbour;
Glory to Thee, sending us failure and misfortune that we may understand the sorrows of others;
Glory to Thee, rewarding us so well for the good we do;
Glory to Thee, welcoming the impulse of our heart's love;
Glory to Thee, raising to the heights of heaven every act of love in earth and sky;
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age.



And finally, may the grace of Christ our Savior, and the Father’s boundless love, with the Holy Spirit’s favor, rest upon me, and all of us, from above. Thus may we abide in union, with each other and the Lord, and possess, in sweet communion, joys which earth cannot afford.


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.

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Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

~ C. S. Lewis

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Genesis 1:11-19 (ESV)

The Creation of the Plants and Stars

nd God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.”

And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.

And God made the two great lights — the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night — and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness.

And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

Notes on the Scripture

Farming is one of the most fundamental miracles of life. We enjoy and appreciate it less and less as the population grows and we are crammed into crowded cities. By day, we no longer witness the miracle of our food growing, for farming has become the job of a very few people and many great machines working hundreds of miles away. And at night, we are blinded by an artificial world of electric light and television. We do not see the miracle of the universe as our ancestors did.

Man in field giving thanks at dawn - left

There is benefit to this, of course. Civilization has traditionally advanced by agricultural improvement: the fewer people it takes to grow food, the more people there are to do other tasks. Christianity has given us all the comforts of modern life and society; but modern life has abandoned Christianity.

We have lost something in our progress, and that something is closeness to God. Dirt farmers and shepherds live in the midst of God’s daily miracle, for they know that their food comes directly from God’s earth, God’s sun, God’s rain. They cannot take it for granted. You plant a piece of potato or a grain of corn in the ground, and a few months later a plant filled with potatoes or corn has grown. Grass grows up and feeds the animals. A farmer lives in the middle of a miracle. And seeing this miracle constantly, knowing that your life depends upon is, it is impossible not to thank God for it.

Where does Christianity flourish? In agricultural areas, rural farming communities. As cities grow larger and larger, those in them are increasingly removed from the fundamental miracles of life. Great sinfulness and atheism arise in great cities, where the people become blind and deluded, forgetting that the only reason they live from day to day is the miracle of food.

And at night, in farm country, one sees the sky. The world is dark and the sky is filled with the vastness of black space and uncountable stars. The moon, the “lesser light,” may allow for some visibility, but it is only a reminder of the sun; for crops cannot grow by moonlight.

A person’s ego is checked by the visible evidence of his insignificance, looking up at the sky. If we stand in a place far from electric light, we are forced to realize that there are hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy, and hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe.

When we stop to give thanks at a meal, or during prayer, it is good to remember what we may not see so clearly anymore: the simple miracle of our food growing in the ground by day, and the utter vastness and mystery of God’s creation by night. The Lord has taken care of us, and He promises to take care of us forever, if we only believe.

The family that prays together, stays together.

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Kathryn(Lansing, Michigan, US)says...

Mason, Thank you for today's music. I loved it.....very uplifting!


Thank you Mason for this precious and most welcome reminder. I cannot agree more with your sentiments; the abundant food that we take for granted, the earth that provides sunlight and water for all living things and the will and grace of God to sustain us all. And yet, our urban lives separate us from this daily miracle. I thank God for the garden I have been blessed with and the simple yet miraculous gifts of fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey it provides for my family and my friends. Thankfully more and more of us are awakening to these pure earthly delights, and cultivating our own gardens and sharing the rewards with our local communities. We all need these and the daily, precious reminder of God.

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