Devotion for Oct 10, 2017
A Simple Family Devotion for October 10, 2017
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit
The Gift Given
As much as we all like the bright sunny days, we know that we do need a good soaking of rain from time to time like yesterday. The threat of rain or cloudy and stormy days without rainfall doesn’t water the earth, the farmers crops, or our gardens and lawns. Such days are like one child teasing another with a piece of candy by promising to give it but never doing so. Such promises without the gift were known among men even three thousand years ago at the time of Solomon’s writings. Man was the same then as he is now but so was God. God is just as sure to keep the promises He has made today as He was then. As God has promised His Son, He did not withhold even a bit but gave Him over completely for our redemption. Where God promises forgiveness, there it rains down in abundance. As God promises to us a life eternal in joy, without sorrow or pain, all in His presence, He delivers on that promise in which we hope. His Word boasts in the promise fulfilled in Jesus Christ, whom He has given to us, to Solomon, and to all as the gift that reconciles Himself to us.
The Explanation to the Second Article of the Apostles’ Creed
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord. Who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.
The 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.
Collect of the Week
Lord, we implore You, grant Your people grace to withstand the temptations of the devil and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayers for Self and Others
A Chronological Reading through Scripture