The devotional study of scripture from Our Daily Bread for this morning is entitled Hope for the World. The words from Isaiah 2:1-5 are expressed very simply in the Message version.”The Message Isaiah got regarding Judah and Jerusalem: There’s a day coming when the mountain of God ’s House Will be The Mountain— solid, towering over all mountains. All nations will river toward it, people from all over set out for it. They’ll say, “Come, let’s climb God’s Mountain, go to the House of the God of Jacob. He’ll show us the way he works so we can live the way we’re made.” Zion’s the source of the revelation. God’s Message comes from Jerusalem. He’ll settle things fairly between nations. He’ll make things right between many peoples. They’ll turn their swords into shovels, their spears into hoes. No more will nation fight nation; they won’t play war anymore. Come, family of Jacob, let’s live in the light of God.The words certainly inspire hope for the world.Today’s prayer: Our hope is not found in human effort, but in what you show us Lord Jesus. King of kings and Lord of lords. Amen.
Here is the Prayer of St. Benedict, the founder of the modern monastic movement.
Gracious and Holy Father,
Please give me:
intellect to understand you,
reason to discern you,
diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
a spirit to know you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
ears to hear you,
eyes to to see you,
a tongue to proclaim you,
a way of life pleasing to you,
patience to wait for you
and perseverance to look for you.
Grant me a perfect end,
your holy presence,
a blessed resurrection
and life everlasting. Amen.
Pray it often, pray it sincerely, pray it with diligence, pray it for yourself, and pray it for others.
Here is an age old hymn sent out by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
When bad news floods my inbox, it is good to be reminded to count my blessings and not the troubles! Coffee time with Jesus. It works! Listening this morning to Bill Johnson’s talk about “Praying from the Presence”, he reminds us of the teaching given in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT).
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Rejoice, pray unceasingly and give thanks. These three re-route the thoughts from heart to mind rather than let the mind influence the heart.Today’s prayer: Lord, my heart is so grateful to receive Your love, grace and mercy. Amen.
Here is a method of playing music softly and then praying verses of Scripture. Be blessed as you use this pattern and create your own.
“Your life as a Christian should make non-believers question their disbelief in God.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Come along to the beach this morning. Imagine you are sitting on the beach. Let the sand run through your fingers. Imagine each grain of sand. Consider counting the grains of sand.
Countless! This is not possible for us. Yet we know the Creator of the sand. Today’s verse from scripture says His wisdom cannot be measured. Now isn’t that a good source of help? Today’s time of visualization and meditation reminds us of the way in which God is going to work the impossible in and through Him. Bring to mind some problem you are facing and hand that problem over to Him.Today’s prayer: Father, let the sand remind us today that You are our great and mighty Creator. Help us to trust in You in all situations and circumstances. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Here is a special Celtic Blessing. Read, enjoy and be blessed.
Here is another piece of music to listen to and to be blessed by.
It is a good song to listen to and also to play in the background blessing your ears with this music, words and song.