Devotion for Oct 6, 2017
A Simple Family Devotion for October 6, 2017
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit
More Than I Can Imagine
Can you imagine what a twenty year old driver might think if she were to happen into a full service filling station and the attendant began washing her windshield and checking the tires. Many would think they wandered into the wrong theater if they were to be entertained with cartoons before their film. Sometimes we can still be surprised by a free appetizer or no deliver fee. Such abundance is not what we experience on a regular basis. Paul offers a wonderful benediction to his prayer that declares something quite the opposite concerning God. With God, we do expect more than we can imagine. He is able to do far more than we can ask or think. None of us would have asked for the Son to become like us nor that His blood be shed on our behalf. God’s love for us far exceeds any perks or benefits this world has to offer and it is the same love that is at work in us who believe in Jesus, to His glory. To emphasize this fact, Paul makes the eternal blessing double. It is to be through all generations and forever and ever. Yes, yes, it shall be so.
The Athanasian Creed (vv. 19-26)
Just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge each distinct person as God and Lord, so also are we prohibited by the catholic religion to say that there are three Gods or Lords. The Father is not made nor created nor begotten by anyone. The Son is neither made nor created, but begotten of the Father alone. The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding. Thus, there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits. And in this Trinity none is before or after another; none is greater or less than another; but the whole three persons are coeternal with each other and coequal, so that in all things, as has been stated above, the Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity is to be worshiped. Therefore, whoever desires to be saved must think thus about the Trinity.
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
O Lord, we pray that Your grace may always go before and follow after us, that we may continually be given to all good works; 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