Today is Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in the ninth week of ordinary time. Peace be with you!
32 days until July 4th
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
"Father, I abandon myself into your hands. Do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me and in all your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul. I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father." Charles de Foucauld
Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD, give praise, O servants of the LORD, Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant! For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
(Psalms 135:1, 3, 5 ESV)
Today I am grateful:
- The grace You have lavished upon us
- That You can sustain a heart of joy, even in these dark times
- That the heavens declare Your righteousness
- That You give us the power, ability, and willingness to forgive
- For the desire to live a life of humility and sacrificial service
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
(Psalms 90:14 ESV)
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah.
(Psalms 50:2, 6 ESV)
Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!
(Psalms 108:2 ESV)
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
(John 14:11-14 ESV)
After Israel left Egypt, the clan of Jacob left those barbarians behind; Judah became holy land for him, Israel the place of holy rule. Sea took one look and ran the other way; River Jordan turned around and ran off. The mountains turned playful and skipped like rams, the hills frolicked like spring lambs. What’s wrong with you, Sea, that you ran away? and you, River Jordan, that you turned and ran off? And mountains, why did you skip like rams? and you, hills, frolic like spring lambs? Tremble, Earth! You’re in the Lord’s presence! in the presence of Jacob’s God. He turned the rock into a pool of cool water, turned flint into fresh spring water.
(Psalms 114:1-8 MSG)
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. May Your kingdom come, and Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
“Holy Father, creator and sustaining wisdom of all that is, both in heaven and on earth, take from me those thoughts, actions and objects that are hurtful. Give me instead those things that are profitable for me and all who seek rightly to praise you. I ask this grace in the company of all believers and through the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who is, with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.”
(The Divine Hours, The Prayer Appointed for the Week)
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
(Luke 1:76-80 ESV)
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
(Luke 23:34 ESV)
And the LORD said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”
(Jonah 4:10-11 ESV)
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
(Proverbs 17:22 ESV)
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
(1 Peter 5:8 ESV)
What are the things that I fret and care so much about?
What are the things that really matter?
How much distance is there between the two?
For I endure scorn for your sake, and shame covers my face. I am a foreigner to my own family, a stranger to my own mother’s children; for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me. When I weep and fast, I must endure scorn; when I put on sackcloth, people make sport of me. Those who sit at the gate mock me, and I am the song of the drunkards.
(Psalms 69:7-12 NIV)
“David is being scorned for his zealous devotion to God.” He is laughed at when he prays. Is his world much different than ours? “Even when Christianity was taken for granted by Western society, the most devoted believers were silently laughed at.”
“The world does not understand the Gospel of grace, in which holy living is the result of humble, grateful joy, not a way to earn heaven.” Frankly, I’m not even sure most of the Church understands this. I believe that a majority of people look at faith and Christianity as the way to get to heaven when you die, and nothing more.
“The world therefore sees all righteous living as self-righteousness and bigotry.” Based on 2 Timothy 3:12, we should not be surprised at this.
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
(2 Timothy 3:12-13 ESV)
“We should . . . undermine this false narrative by living lives of humility, forgiveness, and sacrificial service to others.” I read this as saying that we are not going to win the world over by arguing (trust me, I’ve tried), but by the way we live. As they (whoever they are) say, “Actions speak louder than words.”
“Lord, you have said that anyone who lives a godly life will be persecuted. Don’t let me be so cowardly that I never take any heat for my faith. But don’t let me actually fall into the self-righteousness and hypocrisy that merits disdain. Amen.”
(From The Songs of Jesus, by Timothy and Kathy Keller)
Father, these are good words today. Help me to live a life of humility and sacrifice in serving others, making my faith evident, but not self-righteous and hypocritical. May I live a life worthy of my calling in Jesus Christ. Help me to care about the things that really matter and not fret about trivial things that do not. And help me to forgive those who sin against me.
Lord, please shorten these days. Protect our families; protect our church families; protect our nation, and protect our world. We pray for this disease to end. And may we be quick to learn a valuable lesson from these days. Much of what we thought we needed, we truly don’t need. Teach us to live.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
“As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause, who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number:
(Job 5:8-9 ESV)
Grace and peace, friends.