Daily Devotion Friday, September 6

Friday, September 6, 2013 – Psalm 48; 1 Kings 11:26-43; James 4:13-5:6 and Mark 15:22-32

Mark 15:22-32 – 22Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). 23And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. 24And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.

I invite you to first read and meditate upon Jesus’ crucifixion. He died, this cruel death, so that we might have life. He died this cruel death, for our sins. Meditate upon this gift – his being crucified for us.

James 4:13-5:6 – 4:13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.” 14Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.”

One of things I find hardest to learn is to live in the moment. I can easily slip into thinking about and worrying about what tomorrow will bring. I can easily slip into regretting the past. Either of these takes me out of the moment that God has given me.

I’ve shared this prayer before, but it’s worth sharing again. This was the opening prayer of worship when I attended General Assembly back in 2001. It was good enough and simple enough for me to carry with me since then.

O Lord, thank you for this day which you did not promise me, yet are giving to me. Throughout it may I seek to glorify you and be a blessing unto you. Amen.

What are you worried about? What is taking you away from this moment God has given unto you, given you as a gift? Let go of all those things, place your worries in God’s hands and ask God to help you enjoy this moment, this day that he is giving unto you.

O Lord, thank you for this day, this moment, which you did not promise me yet are giving unto me. Throughout this day may you help me enjoy the moments and the days, always seeking to glorify you through them. May you bless our weekend event at Community Presbyterian Church. May our study of The Rev. Dr. Peter Marshall’s life and sermons help us in our being your disciples this day. Amen.

Psalm 48 – 1a Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised ….

We ponder your steadfast love, O God,
in the midst of your temple.
10 Your name, O God, like your praise,
reaches to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is filled with victory. …

14     that this is God,
our God forever and ever.
He will be our guide forever.

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