Daily Devotion for September 22, 2022
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.
The Lord God loves them all!
1. All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
2. Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.
3. The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them high and lowly,
And ordered their estate.
4. The purple headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky.
5. The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one:
6. The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;
7. He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
Music from an English folk song, adapted by William Henry Monk (1879)
Lyrics by Mrs. Cecil F. Alexander (1848)
Prayer for the Morning
Good morning, dear Father; thank you for this day,
Help me to follow you in every way.
Let me speak as you speak, and do as you do;
Let me help others, as you help them, too.
Help me to be honest, don’t let me play games,
Help me to grow, yet still stay the same.
Help me not to be selfish, to give of my heart, my mind and my labor;
Give all - not just part.
Help me to love others, my family, my friends,
Bless all of my foes, help me make amends.
Help me be kind, Father, where I am needed, let
Me give warm attention, and see all needs are met.
Help keep me busy, to strive for the best,
Help me not to be lazy, but find needed rest.
Let me come to you, Father, throughout the day,
Often to thank you, often to pray.
The things, great Lord, that I pray for, give me thy grace to labour for.
Prayer to Share Our Blessings
Almighty God our Father, we belong to you. All that we have comes from you: Our family and friends, our health and life, our possessions and energy, our leisure and all of our abilities.
Help us to share in the blessings of giving as well as in the happiness of receiving. We ask this in the name of Jesus,
“Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.”
~ Max Lucado
For Those Praying with Me
Heavenly Father, there are people praying with me, right now, whom I will never meet. I don’t know their names, or what country they live in, or what they may look like, but I will know their souls, for we are brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray that we might be united in the Holy Spirit, and that I will know and feel the kinship and love, in my spirit, of those who share these prayers with me.
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.
He alone can believe in immortality who feels the resurrection in him already.
~ Frederick W. Robertson
Matthew 28:1-10 (ESV)
ow after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”
So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
Notes on the Scripture
The “other Mary,” here and at the crucifixion, could be one of several people. The majority of scholars believe that she was the mother of the apostle James (“the Lesser”), son of Alphaeus. There are differences in details among the gospels due, no doubt, to the extreme emotional state of the witnesses. They had just undergone the sight of their beloved Lord, to whom they had dedicated their lives, hideously crucified. It is hard to imagine how one might react, to find him standing alive in the darkness of early morning. Matthew says they departed the tomb with “fear and great joy,” a bit of an understatement.
The angel did not speak on his own accord, but rather brought them a message directly from God the Father. In both Hebrew and Greek, the root meaning of angel is “messenger”, and generally that is what we see angels doing in the Bible: delivering messages. But notice, the message has three instructions, which to this day represent three basic duties of Christian faith. These women, the first people to know the resurrected Christ, could be considered the first “Christians”!
The angel told them, first, to believe. Reading over any of the gospels, one can see a story of belief: the apostles and other followers of Christ certainly believed in him and trusted what he said. But somehow, they could never quite get their minds wrapped around the reality that he would be executed and then rise up from the dead, no matter how many times he told them. While the women were at the tomb, Peter and the other apostles were hiding in fear and confusion.
Secondly, the angel tells them to share what they have seen and what they have been told. His directions to “go quickly and tell” bring to mind the Great Commission, given to us by Christ, to share our knowledge with the world. (Matthew 28:16-20)
Third, Jesus himself meets them and tells them to rejoice. (This is translated “Greetings” in most Bibles, but I am at a loss to explain why, because what he says (“chairete”) means, literally, “Rejoice”. See for yourself.) And how could they not? Their beloved teacher, whom they credited to be the Son of God, was arisen from the dead. He was not only alive, but by the miracle of resurrection had demonstrated his divinity beyond question.
And so we should also remember, we have met the resurrected Christ. Finding Christ is the greatest thing that could happen to anyone. We put ourselves in their place, suddenly realizing that we can personally know the Son of God, who arose from death. And even better, who will love us beyond imagination and save us from death, for eternity. So — don’t forget to be happy about it. Rejoice!