Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
In heav'n he made the east wind blow,
the south wind did command;
he rained down meat on them like dust,
and birds like ocean sand.
He let them fall inside their camp
by tents on every side;
and so they ate till they were filled,
their hunger satisfied.
 —Psalm 78:26-29
Suggested tune: Kingsfold (CMD)

Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know—this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.
—Acts 2:22-24
God, who is both merciful and just, sees our brokenness—the scars and wounds we have inflicted on ourselves and each other because of the sin in our heart. God came to us as a compassionate human being, and took it upon himself to heal our brokenness and to bear the weight of our pain. But being God, he didn't just heal and bear, but also nullified the power of sin and, through perfect love, erased its penalty.
 —after Neal Presa, in 52 Reflections on the Heidelberg Catechism
Help me to see, O God, the ways that I reject you every day, the ways I betray your love and deny your rule. Then help me to see the extent to which you went to call me back to you, the extent of your love and forgiveness. And finally, show me the ways your Spirit can help me to live out your love and accept your ruler over my life; in Jesus' Name...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

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.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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