Friday, July 15, 2016

The Vestment of Christ

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
The earth and the riches with which it is stored,
the world and its peoples belong to the Lord;
for he on the seas its foundation has laid,
and firm on the waters its pillars has stayed.
 —Psalm 24:1-2
Suggested tune: Firm Foundation (11.11.11.11)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
—Colossians 1:15-20
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Mark how the epistle rings with the unchangeableness of Jesus. We live in a world of change. The earth is not the same today as it was ages ago, or as it will be ages on. Stars have burnt out, and will. The universe is waxing old, as garments which from perpetual use become threadbare. But the wearing out of the garment is no proof of the waning strength or slackening energy of the wearer. Nay, when garments wear out quickest, it is generally the time of robustest youth. You wrap up and lay aside your clothes when they have served their purpose; but you are the same in the new suit as in the old. Creation is the vestment of Christ. He wraps himself about in its ample folds. Its decay affects him not. And, when he shall have laid it all aside, and replaced it by the new heavens and the new earth, he will be the same forevermore.
 —F.B. Meyer, The Way into the Holiest
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Great is thy faithfulness, oh God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee.
Thou changest not; thy compassions they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever will be...
 —Thomas Chisholm
 
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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