Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Day's March Nearer Home

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Since I have always placed my trust
beneath thy mercy's wing,
thy saving health will come, and then
my heart with joy shall spring.
With praise inspired, then my song
to thee, God, shall ascend,
who to thy servant in distress
such bounty didst extend.
 —Psalm 13:5-6
Suggested tune: St. Louis (86.86.76.86)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light
—Romans 13:11-12
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
"Forever with the Lord!"
Amen, so let it be!
Life from his death is in that word—
’tis immortality.
Here in the body pent,
absent from him I roam,
yet nightly pitch my moving tent
a day’s march nearer home.

Yet clouds will intervene,
and all my prospect flies—
like Noah’s dove, I flit between
rough seas and stormy skies.
Anon the clouds depart,
the winds and waters cease,
while sweetly o’er my gladdened heart
expands the bow of peace.

I hear at morn and even,
at noon and midnight hour,
the choral harmonies of heaven
earth’s Babel tongues o’erpower;
then, then I feel that he,
remembered or forgot,
the Lord, is never far from me,
though I perceive him not.
—James Montgovery
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
God of the future, you are coming in power to bring all nations under your rule. I confess that I have not expected your kingdom, for I live my life casually, ignoring your promised judgment. I accept lies as truth, exploit neighbors, abuse the earth, and refuse your justice and peace. In your mercy, forgive me. Grant me wisdom to welcome your way, and to seek things that will endure when Christ comes to judge the world.
—Book of Common Worship (alt.)
 
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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