We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7-8)
Daily Reading: 19 April – Moses and the Exodus: The Burning Bush – Exodus 3:1—4:17 ~ “I am who I am”
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” – Thomas Merton
Daily Reading: 18 April – Moses and the Exodus: Birth of Moses – Exodus 1-2 ~ “I lifted him out of the water.”
Lord God, when our world lay in ruins, you raised it up again on the foundation of your Son’s Passion and Death. Give us grace to rejoice in the freedom from sin which he gained for us, and bring us to everlasting joy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Help me, Father, to comprehend your unfailing love for me, for your love is perfect and casts out all fear. I want to walk in your peace that surpasses understanding. Help me to put you first in my life above all else keeping my mind focused on you and trusting in your faithfulness and grace. Through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Almighty, ever-living God, make our hearts more open to your love in these days of Eastertide, when you have made known to us the depth of that love. You have rescued us from the darkness of error: may we live joyfully in the light of your truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Guide us in our day-to-day decisions, and give us strength to overcome any difficulties that we are dealing with now. Protect us against any and all problems we may encounter in the future, and deliver us from evil. Thank you, Lord, for your presence in each one of our lives. May the love that binds us only grow stronger as we fulfill the destiny you have laid out for us.
“I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” (Job 1:21)
I arise today, through God’s strength to pilot me, God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me, God’s shield to protect me, God’s host to save me from snares of devils, from temptation of vices, from everyone who shall wish me ill, afar and near.