Tuesday, November 22, 2016

When He Established the Heavens

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Oh what are we that, Lord, you love
to keep us in your mind?
Or what our offspring, that you prove
to them wondrously kind?
 —Psalm 8:4
Suggested tune: Amazing Grace (CM)

When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command
when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.
—Proverbs 8:27-31
He is the beginning of the creation of God, as the first cause or principle of its restoration. After the world had fallen from him, and was at war with him, the same power of endless life, out of which in the beginning they first arose into being, became a power of healing and restoration. There is a mysterious law which pervades the creatures of this fallen world, healing over and smoothing out even the scars of their wounds. So is he in the creation of God. He is the power of health and restoration, renewing all things.
—Henry Manning
May thy visitation preserve my spirit, my life, and walk. And whatever else is needful grant thou, O Lord, unto me in this life and in the life hereafter. Give me true repentance, renew my heart, deliver my body and soul. O Lord, hear this my desire, and do not permit my prayer to remain unanswered, that I may be acceptable unto thee in time and in eternity...
 —anon. German
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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