Morning Prayer: Mon, 29 Aug – Proverbs 8:34-36; Isaiah 49:1-2 ~ a story to tell

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

The Beheading of St John the Baptist

Opening Sentence

As I arise today, may the strength of God pilot me, the power of God uphold me, the wisdom of God guide me.

Morning Reading: Proverbs 8:34-36 (NLT)

Wisdom: “Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death.”

Morning Reading: Isaiah 49:1-2 (NLT)

Salome with the Head of John the baptist Caravaggio, 1610 National Gallery, London

Salome with the Head of John the baptist
Caravaggio, 1610
National Gallery, London

Listen to me, all you in distant lands! Pay attention, you who are far away! The Lord called me before my birth; from within the womb he called me by name. He made my words of judgment as sharp as a sword. He has hidden me in the shadow of his hand. I am like a sharp arrow in his quiver.

Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ: John the Baptist was sent before you to prepare the way for you. Lord, prepare us for your coming.

+ John leaped in the womb of Elizabeth as she met your mother: Lord, make us always glad to welcome your coming.
+ John showed in his life what he preached by his words: give us the courage to practice what we preach.
+ John baptized you in the Jordan and the Spirit of truth rested upon you: help us, Lord, to work for a world of truth, mercy and peace.
+ Lord, you called men to preach your word: send heralds to carry the gospel to the world.

God our Father, you appointed John the Baptist to be the herald of the birth and death of Christ your Son. Prepare us for his coming. Grant that as he died a martyr for truth and justice, so we also may courageously bear witness to your word. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“We’ve A Story To Tell To The Nations” – Larry Lawson

[Larry Lawson: This song is appropriate for today’s world crisis dealing with ISIS and the evil in their minds. I recorded this song as a demo several years ago. This is NOT CD release quality…but a demo recording I wanted to share during this time of Islamic terrorism. We must change their evil hearts and minds one way or another.]

Blessing

Christ with me, Christ in me.

Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left; Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down; Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me; Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.

Christ with me, Christ in me.

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



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