Sunday, October 30, 2016

Like the Wings of a Bird

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
There is a river gladdening
the city of our God,
the holy place, wherein the Lord
Most High hath his abode.
God in the midst of her doth dwell;
nothing shall her remove:
The Lord to her a helper will,
(and that right early!) prove.
 —Psalm 46:4-5
Suggested tune: Ellacombe (CMD)

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.
—Ephesians 2:13-14
I know the world says, "I hope he will be my peace." Dear reader, do not be satisfied with that! Never be content with "may be," but seek after a present salvation! I was soundly enough asleep the other morning when, about half-past three my bell rang very sharply, and then rang again. And when I put my head out of the window to see who was there, I heard someone say, "Oh, if you please, sir, there is a poor man dying, and he wants to see you badly! Do come."

"Oh, yes, where does he live? I will be there as quickly as I can." And away I went.

The dying man said to me, "I beg your pardon, Sir, for sending for you at this time of night, but it is very hard for a man to go out of this world and not know where he is going. Do tell me the way I may be saved."

I was glad enough to tell him about him who is our peace, but how I wished and wished again that he had not needed to be told about it then! As I said to those who were round about him, "Now see, he has enough to think of with his dying pains, without having to think of finding a Savior now! Oh, the rest of you seek Him while you have health and strength!"

And I now say that to you! You will find other work when you come to die without having to search for a Savior! Besides that, what a joy it is to get Christ now—to say, "He is my peace." Why, there are some of us who are as happy now in Christ as we could well wish to be! We find that our religion is no misery to us. It is not a chain, but like the wings of a bird, it helps us to mount!
 —Charles Spurgeon
Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on me. Jesus, bearer of my sins, have mercy on me. Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant me peace.
—Agnus Dei (CofE Common Worship, alt.)
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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