Morning Prayer: Psalm 119:96; I Samuel 2:18-21; Matthew 5:48 ~ attainable perfection

Morning Prayer: 

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening sentence

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

You will find the Lord your God, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Morning readings

God the Father  by Cima da Conegliano, c. 1515

God the Father
by Cima da Conegliano, c. 1515

Psalm 119:96 NLT:

Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit.

I Samuel 2:18-21 NLT:

But Samuel, though he was only a boy, served the Lord. He wore a linen garment like that of a priest. Each year his mother made a small coat for him and brought it to him when she came with her husband for the sacrifice. Before they returned home, Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife and say, “May the Lord give you other children to take the place of this one she gave to the Lord.” And the Lord gave Hannah three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

Matthew 5:48 NLT:

But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Reflection/Prayer:

Those of us who are unfamiliar with Greek can apparently miss out on the subtleties of meaning in many New Testament passages.

I am told that one such verse is that which says, Be perfect even as your Heavenly Father is perfect. The two words used for ‘perfect’ are slightly different. The one is perfection in a limited, finite way, the other infinite.

What this means is that Jesus’ command to be perfect is attainable (at least on a good day!). We are asked to be as perfect as we can be, even as He is as perfect as He can be. We are being asked to eat our dinner like our Daddy, not to eat our Daddy’s dinner. As we grow, so does our capacity for such food.

…like an onion: except that as you go in and in, each circle is larger than the last. (C.S. Lewis)

Hymn: “The Perfect Wisdom of Our God” – Keith and Kristyn Getty

Canticle

Christ, as a light… illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield… overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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Peanut Gallery: The Morning Prayer readings are from the Daily Office of the Northumbrian Community as available online here… and in the book form, Celtic Daily Prayer available on Amazon.com.

The website and prayer book are rich in prayer resources and I commend them to you. For our purpose here, I will limit my selections to the Morning Prayer resources.



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5 replies

  1. I especially love the blessing I read here each day. I’ve taken them very personally.

  2. I am going to use the song in my afternoon devotion time. Thanks for the offering!

  3. Really enjoyed this one, Art.
    Many thanks…………

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