Epiphany, Day 38


Today’s morning and evening meditations are available below in script and audio forms. The audio version is also available for free download on the player.


Morning

SCRIPT VERSION

Invitation

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.” (Psalm 68:19-20)

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Reading: Psalm 40:1-5

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.

Prayer

• for the call to follow Christ in your home, neighborhood, and workplace

• for our capacity to serve the common good

• for those who work in arts, theater, and the entertainment industry

AUDIO VERSION


Evening

SCRIPT VERSION

Reading: Mark 2:23-28

One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”

Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Dwelling

Leisurely read again. Is there a word or idea that stirred within you? Linger over it and give it your attention. Is there something about the reading you’d like to ask God about? Pray your life to God. Take a moment to rest in God’s presence.

Prayer

God of rest, I’m so busy. The demands of life are piled high, and my schedule is a tyrant. Help me to catch my breath and enter your Sabbath rest now. Free me to quietly enjoy the goodness of your favor and this life. Forgive me of all the ways I try to justify myself by my accomplishments; help me to rest every day in your grace. Amen. (HC 103)

Blessing

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

AUDIO VERSION

 

About Epiphany

Epiphany is a series of weeks, beginning twelve days after Christmas, in which the church reflects on the manifestation of Christ to all peoples.

Abbreviations

BC Belgic Confession

CD Canons of Dort

HC Heidelberg Catechism

WC Westminster Confession

WLC Westminster Larger Catechism

WSC Westminster Shorter Catechism

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