Sunday, September 27, 2015

To Change Natures

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
—Luke 1:68-71
But Isra'l's faith is stayed,
in Aaron's God secure;
an everlasting help and shield
is God, our refuge sure.
—Psalm 115:11-12
Suggested tune (Festal Song):
The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
—Isaiah 11:6-9
It is a hard matter to change natures, to turn a lion into a lamb. Yet this will the gospel do: make them that resemble the devil in their contempt of God, their envy and revenge, to be like Christ; to bring us to love what we naturally hate, and to hate what we naturally love; that the heart should be turned from all creatures to God; that they should be induced to turn from created things, to seek out happiness in him; from self to Christ, from sin to holiness; that God's desires should be our desires, his will our will, his delights our delights.
—Thomas Manton, alt.
Almighty God, you gave your only begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born of a virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
—trad. Christmas collect

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