It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Daily Prayer, Thursday, December 12, 2013

My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
(Luke 1:46b-47)


Invitatory Psalm 150

Daily Lectionary Reading, Isaiah 35:5-10
5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be cleared. 6 Then the lame will leap like the deer, and the tongue of the speechless will sing. Waters will spring up in the desert, and streams in the wilderness. 7 The burning sand will become a pool, and the thirsty ground, fountains of water. The jackals’ habitat, a pasture; grass will become reeds and rushes. 8 A highway will be there. It will be called The Holy Way. The unclean won’t travel on it, but it will be for those walking on that way. Even fools won’t get lost on it; 9 no lion will be there, and no predator will go up on it. None of these will be there; only the redeemed will walk on it. 10 The Lord’s ransomed ones will return and enter Zion with singing, with everlasting joy upon their heads. Happiness and joy will overwhelm them; grief and groaning will flee away.
[Common English Bible]

Prayer for Today: O Lord, open our eyes to see, our ears to hear. Enable us to respond to your presence in our lives. Keep us on the path you have laid out for us, The Holy Way. Keep us on this path as we approach you with overwhelming happiness and joy. Amen.

Midday Psalm 119:113-120
I hate the double-minded,
   but I love your law.
You are my hiding place and my shield;
   I hope in your word,
Go away from me, you evildoers,
   that I may keep the commandments
   of my God.
Uphold me according to your promise,
   that I may live,
and let me not be put to shame in my hope.
Hold me up, that I may be safe
   and have regard for your statutes continually.
You spurn all who go astray from from your statutes;
   for their cunning is in vain.
All the wicked of the earth you count as dross;
   therefore I love your decrees.
My flesh trembles for fear of you,
   and I am afraid of your judgments.

Psalm 105

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