Epiphany, Day 59


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

“The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down.” (Psalm 146:7-8)

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Reading: Psalm 61

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For you have been my refuge, a strong tower in battle. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. For you, God, have heard my heart; you have given me the heritage of those who revere your name.

Prayer

• for a love of and commitment to the communities in which God has placed us

• for God to equip us to serve others in unique ways in the public arena

• for those who work in homemaking

AUDIO VERSION


Evening

SCRIPT VERSION

Reading: Matthew 17:24-27

After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”

“Yes, he does,” he replied.

When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?”

“From others,” Peter answered.

“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Dwelling

Read again, perhaps out loud. How has God’s Word moved you? Ponder and meditate what has connected with your heart or mind. Pray to God what it is that has moved you today. Turn your thoughts to God and quietly enjoy being with him.

Prayer

Lord of all, it feels strange to pray it, but thank you for taxes. They’re an emblem of my obedience to you and a way I join in serving the common good. I pray for our governments, that you would lead them to wisely manage and spend taxes for the good of all. Let my allegiance to you make me also a good citizen of this land. Amen. (BC 36)

Blessing

“Let the light of your face shine on us.” (Psalm 4:6)

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