Friday, July 29, 2016

See the Light

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
He cared for them till they were brought
safe to his promised land,
and to his holy hill—the prize
of his victorious hand.
 —Psalm 78:54
Suggested tune: Crimond (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”
—Matthew 11:33-36
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
He was to be a sign, shining for all humankind; and this candle, once lighted, was not to be put in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that all who should enter the house might see the light. So was he to be a light unto all people. But in order to receive the light, the eye must be sound. And what the eye is to the body, the inner light of divine consciousness, originally implanted in our nature, is to the soul. Where this light has become darkness; where the divinity in us, the consciousness of God, has been subjugated and stifled by the world, all that is within is full of darkness, and no light from without can illumine it. The organ wherewith to receive divine revelations is wanting.

Thus it was, because of the inner darkness of their souls, that these people could not understand “the sign” given by Christ’s whole manifestation; and for this reason it was that, in spite of all the signs that lay before their eyes, they ever asked for more.
 —Augustus Neander
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Grant me eyes that see the glory of Christ, O God, and raise me up to where he is...
 
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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