Devotion for Oct 9, 2017
A Simple Family Devotion for October 9, 2017
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit
The Reward of Humbleness
It must have taken great confidence in what he was doing for Christopher Columbus to sail west in order to reach the east. He must have been a bold leader for so many to have followed him into uncharted and unknown waters. After his discovery of the New World, I can only imagine the recognition he received from all and the esteem he might even have expected. It was in certain confidence that the eternal Word took flesh and became man. He was a bold leader that gathered many willing to follow Him even to death. Even after rising from death and ushering in the new creation, after ascending into heaven to be seated at the right hand of God on high, Jesus continues to take the low place as he humbly presents Himself in bread and wine. Even when fully deserving of all pomp and circumstance at His entrance, He still is received in the most humble of situations such as in open air, make-shift churches, and in simple hospital rooms. The Lord of lords and King of kings comes into our presence and bids us to, “Come up here,” and be recognized as His elect. And on the Last Day He will give to the humble, those that trusted not in themselves but in Him, honored positions in the heavenly banquet.
The Explanation to the First Article of the Apostles’ Creed
I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him. 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