God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; may God give you pardon and peace, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Absolutely nothing will keep me out of the new heaven and new earth; and, just as certainly, nothing can possibly separate me from your goodness and unfailing love. Jesus, I rest in your love and trust in your grace. Amen.
Daily Reading: 20 May – The Fall of Israel: The Fall of Jerusalem – 2 Kings 25 ~ Judah sent into exile
In your kindness, watch over refugees and victims of war, those separated from their loved ones, young people who are lost, and those who have left home or who have run away from home. Bring them back safely to the place where they long to be and help us always to show your kindness to strangers and to all in need.
Daily Reading: 19 May – The Fall of Israel: Elijah and the Prophets of Baal – 1 Kings 16: 29—19:18 ~ power encounter
In that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken! – Isaiah 54:17 (NLT)
Daily Reading: 18 May – The Fall of Israel: Solomon’s Temple – 1 Kings 8:1—9:9 ~ may you be completely faithful to the Lord our God
Give us strength and firm resolve to plow through the hard soil and bumpy rocks of life all the while fixing our eyes on our eternal dwelling place as we hold unswervingly to the hope we profess in Christ Jesus our Lord. It is in His name that we pray. Amen.
Daily Reading: 17 May – The Fall of Israel: King Solomon – 1 Kings 2–3 ~ a wise and understanding heart
Lord it is not the wisdom of the world that I seek, for I know that it is foolishness in Your eyes, but the knowledge that comes only from You – for Your Word tells us that it is better to seek knowledge and understanding from the Lord, than to gain silver and much fine gold.
Daily Reading: 16 May – The Fall of Israel: David and Bathsheba – 2 Samuel 11:1—12:25 ~ sin and consequences
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:8-9)
Thank You that we are Your children and You are our Father and sovereign Lord. May our hearts rejoice in good times and in bad and may Your abiding joy and perfect peace find residence in our heart – as we rest in Your love and trust in Your unfailing goodness.