Daily Devotion Monday, December 31st

Monday, December 31, 2012 – Psalm 98; Isaiah 26:1-6; 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2 and John 8:12-19

Today, I want to vary from my normal practice, and share something that I shared in the sermon yesterday. The reading for the sermon came from Colossians 3:12-17 and the portion of the text that I focused on was;

12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. …. {14} And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

The following is a spiritual practice that many of us might find helpful in the coming year. I told the congregation I’d be posting this on the website for them to review.

Here’s a thought – in our reading today there are six main words. Post them on your bathroom mirror. It’s a place we all go to each and every day.

Recite them each morning – compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience and love. Then focus upon one of them each day.

Monday – compassion; find a way to show compassion to someone that day.

Tuesday – kindness, find a way to show a special act of kindness to someone.

Wednesday – humility; throughout the day do not think of yourself as being better than anyone, only their equal. Walk about with a sense of humility.

Thursday – meekness. This one I struggled on, so I went to the internet for some help. Meekness is defined several ways; God fearing, righteous, humble, teachable and patient under suffering. I like God fearing the best, as this helps make us teachable before God. So, on Thursday, admit that you don’t do fully live up to God’s design for you and seek to be open to God teaching you this very day.

Friday – patience; show patience toward another. Admit that just as God isn’t finished with you, others are not perfect and God isn’t finished with them. So be patient with others.

Saturday and Sunday – seek to love others as God has loved you.

I believe if we’ll seek to do this throughout the New Year, we’ll truly be a gift to God and from God unto others. That’s what God’s hoping for. May we help to make it so by clothing ourselves each and every day in God’s love given to us, to share with others – in our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our community.

Here is a prayer for this the last day of 2012 and as we look toward the New Year.

O God, thank you for the past year. It was full of many blessings and many challenges; more blessings for sure. Yet even some of the challenges have helped make us better disciples of Christ/Children of God. So, thank you for the past year. As we look to close out this year and open the chapter to the New Year, may we trust in you. We don’t know what they’ll do in Washington today about the fiscal cliff, but this we do know; we have to do some things differently for the path we’re on is leading to our own and our nation’s destruction. May we and the leaders of our country, turn to thee and seek to be guided by thee. We say, “in God we trust”, may we all seek to do this and be guided by Your Spirit that came to give life to us and all people. Again, O God, thank you for the past year and thank you for promising to abide with us in the deepest darkest valleys of life and lead us to the mountain tops. May we trust in thee, as we face a very uncertain future. Amen.

Psalm 98 – 1   O sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gained him victory.
2   The LORD has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.

Isaiah 26:1-6 – 4   Trust in the LORD forever,
for in the LORD GOD
you have an everlasting rock.

2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2 – 5:16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.

John 8:12-19 – 12Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

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