Saturday, February 06, 2016

Made Known as Our Brother

Speak or think these words until God is at the center of your mind.
All you inhabitants of the world, you who live on the earth, when a signal is raised on the mountains, look! When a trumpet is blown, listen!
—Isaiah 18:3

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.
—2 Corinthians 3:17-18

Who is the Lord whose glory we receive on our unveiled faces? He is Jesus Christ. Here, as in the overwhelming majority of instances where Lord occurs in the New Testament, it is the Name of God who was made known as our brother. The glory which we behold and reflect is not the incomprehensible, incommunicable luster of absolute divine perfection, but that glory which, as John says, we beheld in him who dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; the glory which was made known in loving, compassionate words, and the beauty of perfect deeds; the glory of the will resigned to God, and of God dwelling in and working through the will; the glory of faultless and complete humanity, and therein of the express Image of God.
—Alexander Maclaren (alt.)

(Suggested tune: Ellacombe CMD)
The Lord is King enthroned in might
on wings of cherubim;
God reigns in holiness and light,
bow down to worship him!
Beyond all majesty and praise
God's holy Name confess;
the King of everlasting days,
who rules in righteousness.
—Ps. 99:1-5 (Dudley-Smith paraphrase)

Let this prayer help guide the personal prayers that follow.
Cause me, O God, to be a mirror of thy grace, to show others the joy of thy service. Let a halo of heavenly-mindedness sparkle around me and a lamp of kindness sunbeam my path. Help me to walk as Jesus walked, my only Savior and perfect model, his mind my inward guest, his meekness my covering garb...
The Valley of Vision

(Spoken aloud or silently)

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 debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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