Saturday, August 27, 2016

Cultivating the Virtue of Contentment

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
While I my solemn will declared,
my chosen people, hear:
if thou, O Israel, to my words
wilt lend thy list'ning ear;
then shall no god besides myself
within thy coasts be found;
nor shalt thou worship any god
of all the nations round.
 —Psalm 81:8-9
Suggested tune: Kingsfold (CMD)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have.
—Hebrews 13:5a
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The ripest apple in the garden grows on the tree of contentment. The garments which fit us best are the most fit for us and are the most comfortable to wear. Those who are where they should be and where they would be have no cause to envy Solomon in all his glory. Those that live in the Valley of Humiliation among the fragrant flowers and the sweet-voiced birds— and look up to heaven for their treasure and to God for their home—they are the happiest of mortals! May God teach us how to shun the vice of covetousness by cultivating the virtue of contentment! May the sweet flower choke the ill weed!
—Charles Spurgeon
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
You have given me much, O God. May the sweet flower of your blessing choke the weed of my ingratitude...
 
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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