Epiphany, Day 41


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 43

Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.

You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?

Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the stringed instruments, O God, my God.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Prayer

• for the ability to deny ourselves and serve others

• for the commitment to do justice and show mercy

• for those who mourn a death, and those who minister to them

AUDIO VERSION


Evening

SCRIPT VERSION

Reading: Mark 3:20-30

Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”

So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Dwelling

Read again slowly. Find a word or phrase that catches your eye or moves your heart. Slowly repeat it. Pray your thoughts, desires, needs, and feelings from your meditation. Enjoy the presence of of God.

Prayer

Living truth, how easily I fail to discern good from evil, not recognizing the true source of things. Empower me by your Holy Spirit to see clearly, judge rightly, and speak truly, so that your name may be glorified in all I think, do, and say. In Jesus’ name, amen. (BC 28)

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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