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Daily Devotion for May 30, 2024


<i>The Kiss of Judas</i>, by Giotto (Giotto di Bondone), ca. 1304.
The Kiss of Judas, by Giotto (Giotto di Bondone), ca. 1304.
The great Giotto’s illustration of the confrontation in Gethsemane is taken from one of the Synoptic Gospels, as John does not include the kiss of Judas. To the left, we see Peter cutting off Malchus’s ear. (See larger.)

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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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

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An Old American Prayer for the Work Day

Almighty God, I thank Thee for the job of this day. May I find gladness in all its toil and difficulty, its pleasure and success, and even in its failure and sorrow. I would look always away from myself, and behold the glory and the need of the world, that I may have the will and the strength to bring the gift of gladness to others; that with them I stand to bear the burden and heat of the day and offer Thee the praise of work well done.

Amen.

Prayer of Thanks

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Thank you, oh source of all abundance, for surrounding me with good things. But help me to remember that nothing of earthly value owns timeless truth. Let your immeasurable blessings transform how I perceive material benefits.

Teach me to appreciate unchanging treasures: the wealth of your compassion, the grandeur of your wisdom, and the richness of reconciliation. Lighten my selfishness with simple faith. Help me to reveal your love more joyously. And strengthen me in grace, oh God, always to give the best that serves you most in humble gratitude.

Amen.

Meditation

“We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against cosmic powers, the spiritual forces of evil.”

~Ephesians 6:12

Blessing of Mark

O  Sovereign and almighty Lord, bless all your people, and all your flock. Give your peace, your help, and your love unto us your servants, the sheep of your fold, that we may be united in the bond of peace and love, one body and one spirit, in one hope of our calling, in your divine and boundless love.

Amen.

Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.



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Proverbs 13:11 (NKJV)

He who despises the word will be destroyed,
But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.


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Romans 9:19-26 (ESV)

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ou will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?”

But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?

What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?

As indeed he says in Hosea,

“Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’
and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’”
“And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”


Notes on the Scripture

Why Have You Made Me Like This?

Paul addresses what theologians call “the problem of evil in the world.” Since God is all powerful, why doesn‘t He simply destroy evil? Why does He allow evildoers to go unpunished, and wicked men to rule nations? And come to think of it, if He created everything, why did He create evil in the first place?

Paul‘s answer is, basically, “Who do you think you are, to ask such a question? Did you create yourself?”

We are God‘s creation, as are the earth and all people. As such, we are simply not in a position to question our creator. If a potter makes one good pot and one bad one, well, it was his clay and they are his pots.

People are naturally judgmental; everyone is a critic. We feel a strong urge to ask the potter, “why did you make such a crummy pot?”

Christ and many of the prophets and apostles in the Bible warn us repeatedly not to judge others. But if it is wrong to judge others, it is simply foolish to judge God. It is not given to us to question a world we did not make; we must accept it. Instead of criticizing God, we should fall on our knees in thankfulness, for he has made all of us who believe in Christ his beloved children.



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