Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Adrift on the Sea of Life

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Sometimes the ships, tossed up to heav'n,
on tops of mounting waves appear;
Then down the steep abyss are driven;
whilst ev'ry soul dissolves with fear.
Then straight to God's indulgent ear
 they do their mournful cry address;
Who graciously vouchsafes to hear,
and frees them from their deep distress.
 —Psalm 107:26, 28
Suggested tune: Sweet Hour (LMD)


SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?
—Luke 8:25
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Bring to your mind a ship. It has a helm. Attached to the helm is the tiller, and this is held in the hand of the boatswain. If at sea the ship moves with the suction of wind and waves, without being directed, every time the ship turns the helm turns, and with it the tiller, and with the tiller the hand and the arm of the man. This is the image of a man without a will. He is adrift on the sea of life. As the wind and waves move, so moves he, subject to the currents and influences from within and from without, of inclinations and of circumstances.
 —Abraham Kuyper
Will I answer the call of the One whose voice commanded the wind and the waves?


TODAY'S PRAYER
I get upset, Lord, over every storm, thinking the ship is going down. I forget  that it is your ship—that you made this world and are perfectly capable of taking care of it. Keep me today from underestimating the power of your peace. Amen.
 —Eugene Peterson, Praying with the Early Christians

YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE 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 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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