Daily Easter Devotion Saturday, May 18th

Saturday, May 18, 2013 – last day of Eastertide (season of Easter)

Psalm 92; Ezekiel 43:1-12; Hebrews 9:1-14; Luke 11:14-23 and Psalm 23

This is the first morning that I’ve really been able to do my morning devotions on the deck. The fog is lifting from the lake and now is like lace upon the hills across the ways. The birds have been singing. I haven’t seen the eaglet this morning, maybe it is still sleeping. We did see the mother or father eagle last night on the lake, flew from one side to the other as we boated by.

O God, I thank you for this day you did not promise me, yet are giving to me. Throughout it may I serve thee, honor thee, and give thanks for all the blessings of life. O God, thanks. Amen.

Psalm 92 – 1   It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2   to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night, …

Hebrews 9:1-14 – 6Such preparations having been made, the priests go continually into the first tent to carry out their ritual duties; 7but only the high priest goes into the second, and he but once a year, and not without taking the blood that he offers for himself and for the sins committed unintentionally by the people. …

11But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), 12he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.

When I read of the Old Testament rituals for the forgiveness of sins, I think, wow am I glad to be a minister of the covenant of the New Testament. Instead of all the offerings of blood sacrifice, THE sacrifice for all my sins – intention and unintentional – has been done once and for all. Thanks be to God, for the gift of his Son, through whom all my sins are forgiven.

This then calls me to be willing to forgive others, for I have freely been forgiven.

Question I’m asking myself this morning is whom do I need to forgive for an intentional or unintentional sin? Whom do I need to forgive this day? That may be a question you need to ask as well.

O God, thanks for forgiving me of all my sins. Thanks for giving me new life. May I offer this gift freely to others, for it is freely given unto to me. O God, also use this day to prepare me for the celebration of the gift of your Spirit, poured out upon your disciples on Pentecost and now given unto us as well. May I sense your Spirit within me, today and always. Amen.

One of the Psalms today is the 23rd Psalm. I always find comfort in it. So, I share it so we can meditate upon it this day. I like to read it slowly and meditate upon each part.

Psalm 23 – 1   The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2        He makes me lie down in green pastures;
     he leads me beside still waters;
3        he restores my soul.
     He leads me in right paths
          for his name’s sake.

4   Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
          I fear no evil;
     for you are with me;
          your rod and your staff —
          they comfort me.

5   You prepare a table before me
          in the presence of my enemies;
     you anoint my head with oil;
          my cup overflows.
6   Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
          all the days of my life,
     and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
          my whole life long.

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