Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

READINGS


Old Testament: Deuteronomy 7:6-11
Morning Psalms: Psalms 37:1-18
New Testament: Titus 1:1-16
Gospel: John 1:29-34
Evening Psalms: Psalms 37:19-42

DEVOTIONAL


“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted
and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact,
both their minds and consciences are corrupted.”
(Titus 1:15)

One of my favorite hymns is “Here I Am Lord”. It reminds me of growing up in Church; and my husband and I intentionally chose it for our wedding. Hearing the lyrics, Here I Am Lord, Is it I Lord? and standing in front of the altar about to embark on the adventure of marriage, I truly felt overcome with emotion.

The scripture readings from today made me think of that song, not because they are filled with flowery romantic language, but because they most certainly are not. The readings today speak of right from wrong, wicked versus evil, pure versus corrupt. After reading the scriptures for today, dejected was the first word that came to mind. I thought of the many times I have been arrogant or quick-tempered, professed to know God, but acted differently. I read that salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; so what does that mean for me when I don’t feel so righteous?

To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; reading this line from Titus is what brought the hymn to mind, and I thought back to the lyric, I will break their hearts of stone/give them hearts for love alone. I know that falling away from God, from righteous behavior, from believing that nothing is good, can be easy.

Lord, when I allow the world, or my own actions, to make me callous may I remember to ask You to help break the stone of my heart, to open my eyes to all that is good and pure, and to go where You lead me.

MM

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