Friday, September 16, 2016

Every-Day Religion

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
From dust and cottages obscure,
God's grace exalts the humble poor;
honoring them as daughters, sons,
and fitting them for royal thrones.
 —Psalm 113:7-8
Suggested tune: Abends (LM)

Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.
—Luke 16:10
Rest assured, that an every-day religion; one that loves the duties of our common walk; one that makes us honest; one that accomplishes an intellectual and moral growth; one that works in all weather, and improves all opportunities, will best, and most healthily promote the growth of a church, and the power of the gospel. God prescribes our duty; and it would be wrong not to believe that if we undertake God’s real work, he will furnish us to it, and give us pleasure in it. He will transfuse into us some portion of his own versatility; he will attract us into a nicer observation of his wisdom in our humble duties and concerns. We shall more admire the healthiness of that which grows up in God’s natural springtimes, and ripens in the air of his common days. The ordinary will thus grow dignified and sacred in our sight; and without discarding all invention in respect to means and opportunities, we shall yet especially love the daily bread of common grace, in our common works and cares. And all the more that it was the taste of our blessed Master, to make the ordinary glow with mercy and goodness, him we are to follow. We are to work after no set fashion of high endeavor, but to walk with him, performing as it were, a ministry on foot, that we may stop at the humblest matters and prove our fidelity there.
 —Horace Bushnell
Help me be faithful this day, O God—not only in great matters, but especially in small ones—that faithfulness may become my habit, reflected in my relationship with you...
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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