Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Daily Readings for SATURDAY, May 13, 2017 - 28th Day of Easter

Opening Sentence

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

Morning Prayer

O God:
Give me strength to live another day;
Let me not turn coward before its difficulties or prove recreant to its duties;
Let me not lose faith in other people;
Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, or meanness;
Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them;
Help me to keep my heart clean, and to live so honestly and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten me or take away the joy of conscious integrity;
Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things;
Grant me this day some new vision of thy truth;
Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness;
and make me the cup of strength to suffering souls;
in the name of the strong Deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Wisdom 7:1-14

I also am mortal, like everyone else, a descendant of the first-formed child of earth; and in the womb of a mother I was molded into flesh, within the period of ten months, compacted with blood, from the seed of a man and the pleasure of marriage. And when I was born, I began to breathe the common air, and fell upon the kindred earth; my first sound was a cry, as is true of all. I was nursed with care in swaddling cloths. For no king has had a different beginning of existence; there is for all one entrance into life, and one way out. Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me; I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her to scepters and thrones, and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her. Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem, because all gold is but a little sand in her sight, and silver will be accounted as clay before her. I loved her more than health and beauty, and I chose to have her rather than light, because her radiance never ceases. All good things came to me along with her, and in her hands uncounted wealth. I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom leads them; but I did not know that she was their mother. I learned without guile and I impart without grudging; I do not hide her wealth, for it is an unfailing treasure for mortals; those who get it obtain friendship with God, commended for the gifts that come from instruction.

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Colossians 3:12-17

As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Luke 7:18-35

The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" When the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?'" Jesus had just then cured many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind. And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me." When John's messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who put on fine clothing and live in luxury are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, 'See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.' I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." (And all the people who heard this, including the tax collectors, acknowledged the justice of God, because they had been baptized with John's baptism. But by refusing to be baptized by him, the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God's purpose for themselves.) "To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.' For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, 'He has a demon' the Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Nevertheless, wisdom is vindicated by all her children."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 55 Exaudi, Deus
1   Hear my prayer, O God; do not hide yourself from my petition.
2   Listen to me and answer me; I have no peace, because of my cares.
3   I am shaken by the noise of the enemy and by the pressure of the wicked;
4   For they have cast an evil spell upon me and are set against me in fury.
5   My heart quakes within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
6   Fear and trembling have come over me, and horror overwhelms me.
7   And I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
8   I would flee to a far-off place and make my lodging in the wilderness.
9   I would hasten to escape from the stormy wind and tempest."
10   Swallow them up, O Lord; confound their speech; for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
11   Day and night the watchmen make their rounds upon her walls, but trouble and misery are in the midst of her.
12   There is corruption at her heart; her streets are never free of oppression and deceit.
13   For had it been an adversary who taunted me, then I could have borne it; or had it been an enemy who vaunted himself against me, then I could have hidden from him.
14   But it was you, a man after my own heart, my companion, my own familiar friend.
15   We took sweet counsel together, and walked with the throng in the house of God.
16   Let death come upon them suddenly; let them go down alive to the grave; for wickedness is in their dwellings, in their very midst.
17   But I will call upon God, and the LORD will deliver me.
18   In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament, and he will hear my voice.
19   He will bring me safely back from the battle waged against me; for there are many who fight me.
20   God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me and bring them down; they never change; they do not fear God.
21   My companion stretched forth his hand against his comrade; he has broken his covenant.
22   His speech is softer than butter, but war is in his heart.
23   His words are smoother than oil, but they are drawn swords.
24   Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous stumble.
25   For you will bring the bloodthirsty and deceitful down to the pit of destruction, O God.
26   They shall not live out half their days, but I will put my trust in you.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 138 Confitebor tibi
1   I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing your praise.
2   I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your Name, because of your love and faithfulness;
3   For you have glorified your Name and your word above all things.
4   When I called, you answered me; you increased my strength within me.
5   All the kings of the earth will praise you, O LORD, when they have heard the words of your mouth.
6   They will sing of the ways of the LORD, that great is the glory of the LORD.
7   Though the LORD be high, he cares for the lowly; he perceives the haughty from afar.
8   Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right hand shall save me.
9   The LORD will make good his purpose for me; O LORD, your love endures for ever; do not abandon the works of your hands.

Psalm 139 Domine, probasti
1   LORD, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
2   You trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with all my ways.
3   Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, but you, O LORD, know it altogether.
4   You press upon me behind and before and lay your hand upon me.
5   Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
6   Where can I go then from your Spirit? where can I flee from your presence?
7   If I climb up to heaven, you are there; if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
8   If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
9   Even there your hand will lead me and your right hand hold me fast.
10   If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night, "
11   Darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to you are both alike.
12   For you yourself created my inmost parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
13   I will thank you because I am marvelously made; your works are wonderful, and I know it well.
14   My body was not hidden from you, while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth.
15   Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written in your book; they were fashioned day by day, when as yet there was none of them.
16   How deep I find your thoughts, O God! how great is the sum of them!
17   If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.
18   Oh, that you would slay the wicked, O God! You that thirst for blood, depart from me.
19   They speak despitefully against you; your enemies take your Name in vain.
20   Do I not hate those, O LORD, who hate you? and do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
21   I hate them with a perfect hatred; they have become my own enemies.
22   Search me out, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my restless thoughts.
23   Look well whether there be any wickedness in me and lead me in the way that is everlasting.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

Prayer of the Day

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people; Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

A Prayer for Saturdays

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A Prayer for Mission

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia!
Thanks be to God! Alleluia!

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen

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Prayer of the Day for SATURDAY, May 13, 2017 - 28th Day of Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people; Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Verse of the Day for SATURDAY, May 13, 2017 - 28th Day of Easter

Proverbs 31:30 (NIV) Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - Tell His Story

For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake.

Have you ever thought, “If I could do a miracle, I know my friends would believe”? Maybe you imagine having them over for a barbecue. As you throw the meat on the grill, you say, “Check this out. . . . Lord, let fire come down from Heaven and consume these patties!” Whoosh! Fire comes down, and everyone believes.

Do you think that would really happen? Come on. Miracles won’t bring people to faith. Jesus said this: “A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah” (Matthew 16:4).

This statement was made in response to a challenge by the Pharisees who wanted Jesus to show them a miracle. But Jesus said, in effect, “I’m not going to give you a sign. You’ve seen plenty of signs.” Loose paraphrase: “Here’s the sign that I’m giving you. You know that guy Jonah who was in the fish’s belly? I’m going to die. I’m going to rise again from the dead. That is My sign to you.”

We won’t reach a lost world by miracles. The way we primarily will reach a lost world is through the message of the gospel, that Jesus died on the cross, rose from the dead, and will come into their lives if they will put their faith in Him.

So when you are sharing the gospel, tell the story of Jesus. That is the bottom line. There’s power in that story and in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That is why Paul said, “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).

When you tell your story, it is always a bridge to His story—the greatest story that has ever been told.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - El Rey de nuestra vida

¿Qué Dios hay como tú, que perdone la maldad y pase por alto el delito del remanente de su pueblo? No siempre estarás airado, porque tu mayor placer es amar.
Miqueas 7:18 (NVI)

Muchos de los asuntos que nos alejan de nuestra relación linda con Dios es el amor a otras cosas. Quizá preguntes: «¿Por qué? ¿Qué hay de malo en amar otras cosas que no sean Dios? ¿O es que acaso no puedo amar a mi cónyuge?».

Todas esas preguntas tienen una misma respuesta y es aplicable para otras no mencionadas. Tú y yo podemos decir: «Bueno, mi amor está puesto en…».

Lo preocupante de llevar a extremos esos amores está en cuando le damos un trono y se convierten en el rey de nuestra vida: El dios dinero, el dios de tu esposo, el dios de tus hijos, del trabajo. Estos dioses nos roban el primer y único lugar en el que debe estar Dios.

Atiende esto, nada debe ser más importante en tu vida que Dios. Ni siquiera el amor a la obra, a la iglesia, ni a tu llamado. Nada debe ser más importante que Dios en tu vida.

He aprendido que, en ese sentido, Dios es un Dios celoso y no va permitir que tú y yo hagamos reyes a nada ni a nadie. Además, Él sí que es especialista en derrumbar esos reyes, esos altares y esos dioses.

Rinde en este día ese rey que has levantado, dile a Dios que te perdone y comienza por darle a Él su lugar.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón

Standing Strong Through the Storm - BLESSINGS FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN

He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents…

ManFu’s parents are key leaders in a house church network—his father serves as a regional pastor in one of the largest cities in China, and his mother is a Bible teacher. They travel constantly, preaching and teaching at a different congregation almost every weekend. Their little pre-school daughter goes along, but it’s not a stable environment for ManFu, their teenage son, to keep up with his studies. So they enrolled him in a boarding school in his father’s home village, so he could spend weekends with his grandfather.

They pledged to telephone him every Saturday night, but for itinerant pastors in China, Saturday nights are busy, demanding times. ManFu’s parents would sometimes get so caught up with ministry that they missed their weekly call to their son—sometimes three in a row. And even then, they often cut off what he was telling them with a hurried barrage of questions which felt critical and unloving to their son. Although their questions were rooted in concern for his welfare, to ManFu each conversation felt like an interrogation, and he began to wish they would stop calling. His parents became frantic as to how they could effectively reach out to him.

Brother Samuel, an Open Doors trainer, suggested they begin by writing a letter to their son, pouring out their hopes and love and prayers for him. “Share about the struggles you have and how much you long for him to be by your side. Help him to see all that is in your heart. Kneel before the Lord and pray before you begin this letter. Don’t mention the past. Whenever your son thinks of you, he will take the letter out and read it and know his parents are praying for him.”

Accepting their mentor’s assignment, they went home to write to their first-born, hundreds of miles away. Unknown to the parents, their letter never arrived. But by the time they found out, they told Samuel, it didn’t matter anymore. Their phone conversations had been transformed week after week, as the parents focused on sharing their love and prayers for ManFu. Although the letter itself was lost, its contents had been written in their hearts—and ManFu felt their love.

When ManFu’s summer school vacation approached, Samuel advised the anxious parents to set aside special family times to do things together. “It doesn’t matter where you go – to the park or for walks – but you must take a family photograph,” he advised. “Then take one photograph and write on the back of it for your son to take back to school with him. Whenever he looks at it, he will be reminded of his parents and that you love him.”

When Samuel shared this testimony with pastors in other regions, many admitted that they also had strained relationships with their children. Confused how to resolve the guilt they were experiencing, they had simply given up—until they heard how God worked in ManFu’s family.

“It’s amazing to see parents being set free and healed from their feelings of guilt, to see them turn to God and experience His love,” Samuel said. “And this in turn blessed their children.”

RESPONSE: Today I will work on communications with family members to assure them of my love.

PRAYER: Pray for mentors like Samuel who strengthen pastors and their families in China’s unregistered church through balanced, holistic ministry.

NIV Devotions for Couples - Giving Up Our Secrets

Mark 4:21–25

“Whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.”
Mark 4:22 (NIV)

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “The cruelest lies are often told in silence.” Much in our world is deceptive and dishonest: the rhetoric of political campaigns, for example, or the propaganda of advertising, with its slanted facts and testimonials. In a time that makes us wary, we long for honesty that breeds trust and nurtures hope.

A woman once came to me for counseling. For the next two years, we wrestled through the difficulties in her life. She was living a lie, and she didn’t even know it. Secrets had twisted her in so many ways that she couldn’t even say what her problem was. But finally God got through to her, wrapped his healing around her hurting heart, and took the kinks out of her troubled dreams.

When we first started counseling, the woman hid her pain behind clever tales and false fronts. She talks differently today. Her yes means yes, and she knows why. She doesn’t have to lie to God anymore, and she doesn’t have to invent stories for others. The doors of her prison have swung open. She has found God. She has found herself. She is free of secrets, and the way she talks shows it.

Straight talk is important in marriage. It is easy to distort the truth when we are doing the “dating dance” and wooing one another. We parade partial truths in hopes that some of our deeper secrets will stay hidden. The tipping point comes when we enter into the deeper relational stage we call “engagement.” An older term for that was betrothal, which literally means giving our troth, an earlier variation on the word truth. In other words, dating is playing games, but engagement, or betrothal, means we are now committing to truth. We are choosing to reveal more of ourselves so we can see each other wholly and love each other in wholesome ways.

The outcome of a good engagement is marriage, when, as Adam and Eve discovered, we find ways to be “naked and not ashamed” before each other. This is more than just undressing; it is the psychological honesty that allows us to meet one another in truth, peering into each other’s souls without embarrassment or threat of one of us walking away.

There may be times when too much honesty harms a good relationship, but it is hard to know how secrets can be part of a healthy relationship. God does not turn away from us when the secrets of our hearts are brought into the healing light of divine grace. Nor should we turn from those who trust us with the intimacy of private faults, disappointments, needs and dreams. As Jesus reminds us in this brief parable about a lamp, “Whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.” Especially in marriage.

Wayne Brouwer

Let’s Talk
  • How well do we know each other? How much can we entrust to one another? How are knowing and trusting related?
  • What do we know about each other that no one else knows? How have we used that secret information in healthy and nurturing ways? How have we abused it?
  • Are there secrets we keep from one another? Do we need to become more open with one another? How might we do that?

LHM Daily Devotion - May 13, 2017 "Ian's Story...Our Story "

Have you ever had a person dare you to do something? If so, do you...

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

"Ian's Story...Our Story"

May 13, 2017

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

"I dare you!"

Have you ever had a person dare you to do something? If so, do you remember the levels and intensities of the dares?

First, a person was dared to do something. If the dare wasn't accepted, next came the "double dare." To decline to act on a double dare was a rare thing, something you might not see for years at a time. After the double dare there was the "triple dare." The triple dare was something you simply couldn't ignore. You had to respond or run the risk of forever being branded a coward, an individual without pride, purpose, or principles.

If I remember correctly, the last dare which could be used was the "triple-dog dare."

Personally, I have never seen a triple-dog dare, but in 1990 that was the potency of the challenge put before Ian Manuel. He had no choice but to respond and prove himself. This is how the 13-year-old Manuel found himself confronting the 28-year-old mother, Debbie Baigrie.

The robbery didn't go well. Manuel shot Baigrie in the mouth. The shot didn't kill the Tampa, Florida, mother, but it came close. She lived, but the next years were spent undergoing dozens of dental procedures trying to restore her mouth and face.

And Manuel?

He was captured, tried, and sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of a parole.

The two might have lived out their entire lives that way, but they didn't. Manuel thought about what he had done. Guilt moved him to repentance and contrition. And so that's how, immediately before Christmas in 1991, he tried to make a collect phone call to Baigrie. Out of curiosity she accepted the charges. She listened as he offered his heartfelt apology.

Baigrie forgave Manuel. More than that, the two started writing and she encouraged him to get his high-school diploma equivalency and improve himself. Baigrie even began a crusade to have Manuel released. It was a dream which became a reality last November. When Manuel, now 40 years old, walked out of prison, Baigrie was there to greet him. Since then he has become like a son to her and she has become a substitute for his deceased mother.

It is a wonderful story -- a story which those who have been rescued and redeemed by the Savior understand. We understand because Manuel's story is much like ours -- except ours is worse.

Not once, but multiple times we sinned against the Lord in our thoughts, words, and actions.

For our misdeeds the Law condemned us to spend eternity in hell. Nobody could have said the verdict was unfair. It wasn't unfair. On the contrary, it was just. But then, without any logical reason the gracious Lord reached out to us. He sent His Holy Spirit to us.

God's Spirit brought us to faith, brought us to the Redeemer. In Jesus, we were given a spirit of repentance and blessed with forgiveness, a reunion, and our adoption into the family of faith. God's action is one of grace that changes everything, including our eternity.

And that, my friends, is something I triple-dog dare you to forget.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, today I confess my many misdeeds and transgressions. Allow me to express my gratitude for the forgiveness I have been given through the work of my crucified-and-ever-living Savior. In His Name I pray. Amen

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Our Daily Bread - Camping Psalms

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1

When my husband and I go for nature walks, we bring our cameras and take close-ups of the plants at our feet, which are like microcosms of the world. What amazing variety and beauty we see, even in the fungi that spring up overnight and dot the woods with splashes of bright orange, red, and yellow!

The snapshots of life that surround us inspire me to lift my eyes to the Maker who created not only mushrooms but also the stars in the heavens. He designed a world of infinite scope and variety. And He made you and me and placed us in the very middle of this beauty to enjoy and to rule over it (Gen. 1:27–28; Ps. 8:6–8).

My thoughts turn to one of our family’s “camping psalms”—psalms we read as we sit around the fire. “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. . . . When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (Ps. 8:1–4).

How amazing that the great God who created the world in all its splendor cares for you and me!

O Lord, our majestic Maker, our hearts turn toward praise when we see snapshots of Your beautiful world. Thank You for creating us! Help us to rule Your world with wisdom. 

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A God wise enough to create me and the world I live in is wise enough to watch out for me.  Philip Yancey

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Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Thi Thiên Cắm Trại
Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: 2 Các vua 17–18; Giăng 3:19–36

Lạy ĐỨC GIÊ-HÔ-VA là Chúa của chúng con, Danh Chúa vang lừng trên khắp đất biết bao! Thi thiên 8:1

Những lúc đi dạo ngoài trời, vợ chồng chúng tôi thường mang theo máy chụp hình để chụp cận cảnh từng nhành cỏ mọc sát mặt đất. Đó là một thế giới thu nhỏ tuyệt đẹp, đầy sắc màu thật đáng kinh ngạc. Ngay cả một cây nấm nhỏ mới nhú cũng toả ra nét đẹp sắc sảo với những mảng màu cam, đỏ và vàng sáng!

Những bức ảnh về cuộc sống thiên nhiên xung quanh khiến tôi ngước mắt nhìn lên Đấng Tạo Hóa. Ngài tạo nên những cây nấm bé nhỏ. Ngài tạo nên những vì sao trên các tầng trời. Ngài tạo dựng nên thế giới này với không gian vô tận và đa dạng. Ngài tạo dựng bạn và tôi và đặt chúng ta ở trong nơi đẹp đẽ này để vui hưởng và quản trị chúng (Sáng. 1:27–28; Thi. 8:6–8).

Điều này khiến tôi suy nghĩ đến một trong những Thi Thiên mà gia đình tôi thường gọi là “Thi Thiên cắm trại” — Đây là những bài Thi Thiên chúng tôi thường đọc khi ngồi xung quanh đống lửa trại. “Lạy ĐỨC GIÊ-HÔ-VA là Chúa của chúng con, danh Chúa vang lừng trên khắp đất biết bao! Uy nghiêm Ngài vượt quá các tầng trời… Khi con nhìn xem các tầng trời là công việc của ngón tay Chúa, mặt trăng và các ngôi sao mà Chúa đã tạo dựng, Loài người là gì mà Chúa nhớ đến? Con loài người là chi mà Chúa thăm viếng nó?” (Thi. 8:1–4).

Thật tuyệt vời làm sao khi Đức Chúa Trời vĩ đại, Đấng tạo nên thế giới vô cùng tuyệt vời, lại quan tâm chăm sóc đến bạn và tôi!

Lạy Chúa, là Đấng Tạo Hóa vĩ đại của chúng con, tấm lòng chúng con cất lên lời ngợi khen Ngài khi chiêm ngưỡng thế giới tuyệt đẹp mà Ngài đã tạo dựng. Cảm tạ Chúa đã dựng nên chúng con! Xin giúp chúng con quản trị thế giới Ngài ban cách khôn ngoan.

Đấng đã tạo dựng nên tôi và thế giới mà tôi đang sống một cách khôn ngoan cũng là Đấng gìn giữ tôi cách khôn ngoan. Philip Yancey

Nuestro Pan Diario - Salmos de campamento
La Biblia en un año: 2 Reyes 17–18; Juan 3:19-36

¡Oh Señor nuestro, cuán glorioso es tu nombre en toda la tierra!… (v. 1).

Cuando mi esposo y yo vamos a caminar al aire libre, llevamos la cámara y sacamos primeros planos de las plantas a nuestros pies, que son como microcosmos. Qué maravillosa variedad y belleza vemos, ¡incluso en los hongos que salpican los bosques con pinceladas de naranja, rojo y amarillo!

Las fotos de la vida que nos rodea me inspiran a levantar los ojos al Creador que no solo hizo los hongos, sino también las estrellas y los cielos. Diseñó un mundo de infinito alcance y variedad. Además, nos creó a ti y a mí y nos puso en medio de esta belleza, para disfrutarla y gobernarla (Génesis 1:27-28; Salmo 8:6-8).

Mis pensamientos se vuelcan a uno de los «salmos de campamento» de mi familia: salmos que leemos sentados alrededor de una fogata: «¡Oh Señor nuestro, cuán glorioso es tu nombre en toda la tierra! Has puesto tu gloria sobre los cielos […]. Cuando veo tus cielos, obra de tus dedos, la luna y las estrellas que tú formaste, digo: ¿Qué es el hombre, para que tengas de él memoria, y el hijo del hombre, para que lo visites?» (Salmo 8:1-4).

¡Qué maravilla que el Dios que creó el mundo en todo su esplendor se preocupe por ti y por mí!

Majestuoso Creador, nuestro corazón te alaba cuando vemos instantáneas de tu hermoso mundo.

Al entender lo sabio que es Dios, confiamos en que puede cuidarnos.

Unser Täglich Brot - Urlaubs-Psalmen
Lesen: Psalm 8,2-10
Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 2.Könige 17–18; Johannes 3,19-36

Herr, unser Herrscher, wie herrlich ist dein Name in allen Landen. Psalm 8,2

Wenn ich mit meinem Mann wandern gehe, nehmen wir unsere Kameras mit und machen Nahaufnahmen von den Pflanzen zu unseren Füßen, die einen ganzen Mikrokosmos bieten. Was für eine Vielfalt und Schönheit sehen wir da, selbst in den Pilzen, die über Nacht aus dem Boden schießen und den Waldboden mit gelben, orangen und roten Tupfern übersäen!

Die Schnappschüsse von dem Leben, das uns umgibt, lassen mich die Augen aufheben zu dem Schöpfer, der nicht nur Pilze, sondern auch die Sterne am Himmel erschaffen hat. Er hat eine Welt von unendlicher Größe und Vielfalt entworfen. Und er hat dich und mich gemacht und uns mitten in diese Schönheit hineingesetzt, damit wir uns an ihr freuen und über sie herrschen (1.Mose 1,27-28; Ps. 8,7-9).
Meine Gedanken wandern zu einem der „Urlaubs-Psalmen“ unserer Familie—Psalmen, die wir laut lesen, wenn wir am Feuer sitzen: „Herr, unser Herrscher, wie herrlich ist dein Name in allen Landen, der du zeigst deine Hoheit am Himmel! . . . Wenn ich sehe die Himmel, deiner Finger Werk, den Mond und die Sterne, die du bereitet hast; was ist der Mensch, dass du seiner gedenkst, und des Menschen Kind, dass du dich seiner annimmst?“ (Ps. 8,2-5).

Wie gewaltig, dass der große Gott, der die ganze Welt in ihrer Schönheit schuf, für dich und mich sorgt!

O Herr, du herrlicher Schöpfer, unser Herz beginnt zu loben, wenn wir die Schnappschüsse deiner schönen Welt sehen. Danke, dass du uns erschaffen hast. Hilf uns, deine Welt mit Weisheit zu regieren.

Ein Gott, der weise genug ist, um mich und die Welt, in der ich lebe, zu erschaffen, ist auch weise genug, um auf mich aufzupassen.
Philip Yancey

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - Psaumes de camping
Lisez : Psaume 8.1‑10
La Bible en un an : 2 ROIS 17 – 18 et JEAN 3.19‑36

Éternel, notre Seigneur ! Que ton nom est magnifique sur toute la terre ! V. 2

Lorsque mon mari et moi allons marcher dans la nature, nous emportons nos appareils photo pour photographier de près les plantes à nos pieds, qui sont comme des microcosmes du monde. Quel trésor de variété et de beauté s’offre à notre vue, même dans la mousse qui fait son apparition du jour au lendemain et qui vient parsemer le sol de touches d’orange, de rouge et de jaune vifs !

Les instantanés de vie qui nous entourent me poussent à lever les yeux vers le Créateur, qui a fait non seulement les champignons, mais aussi les astres célestes. Il a conçu un monde d’une portée et d’une variété infinies. Et il nous a créés, vous et moi, et nous a placés au coeur même de toute cette beauté afin que nous en jouissions et que nous régnions sur elle (GE 1.27,28 ; PS 8.6‑8).

Ces pensées me ramènent à l’un des « psaumes de camping » préférés de ma famille, à savoir des psaumes que nous lisons ensemble assis autour d’un feu de camp. « Éternel, notre Seigneur ! Que ton nom est magnifique sur toute la terre ! Ta majesté s’élève au‑dessus des cieux. […] Quand je contemple les cieux, ouvrage de tes mains, la lune et les étoiles que tu as créées : Qu’est‑ce que l’homme, pour que tu te souviennes de lui ? Et le fils de l’homme, pour que tu prennes garde à lui ? » (PS 8.1‑4.)

Quel bonheur que de savoir que le grand Dieu qui a créé le monde dans toute sa splendeur se préoccupe de vous et moi !

Un Dieu capable de tout créer peut veiller sur moi. P. YANCEY

Хліб Наш Насущній - Улюблені Псалми
Читати: Псалом 8:1-10

Господи, Владико наш, яке то величне на цілій землі Твоє Ймення! — Псалом 8:2

Коли ми з чоловіком виходимо на прогулянки, то беремо фотоапарати, щоб робити з максимальною наближеністю фотографії рослин, що ростуть навколо нас. Перед нами наче відкривається мікрокосмос цього світу. Яка різноманітність краси! Навіть звичайні лишайники та гриби, що з’являються протягом однієї ночі, у збільшених розмірах милують око яскравими оранжевими, червоними та жовтими кольорами.

Ці фотографії, що зображають життя навколо нас, надихають мене здіймати очі до Того, Хто створив не лише гриби, але й зірки на небі. Творець дав існування безмежним просторам, безмежному різноманіттю. А ще Він створив тебе й мене і помістив нас посеред цієї всієї невимовної краси, щоб ми насолоджувались і розпоряджались нею (Бут. 1:27-28; Пс. 8:7-9).

В такі моменти я згадую один із улюблених Псалмів, що ми сім’єю постійно читаємо в лісі біля вогнища. “Господи, Владико наш, яке то величне на цілій землі Твоє Ймення, Слава Твоя понад небесами!.. Коли бачу Твої небеса − діло пальців Твоїх, місяця й зорі, що Ти встановив, то що є людина, що Ти пам’ятаєш про неї, і син людський, про якого Ти згадуєш?” (Пс. 8:2-5).

Який дивовижний світ створив великий Бог – світ в усій пишності для тебе й мене!

О, Господи, наш великий Творець, в наших серцях народжується хвала, коли бачимо навколо велич Твого прекрасного, дивовижного світу. Дякуємо за те, що створив нас! Допоможи мудро розпоряджатись цим світом.

“Бог, мудрості Якого було достатньо, щоб створити цей світ, має вдосталь мудрості пильнувати нас у цьому світі”. — Філіп Янсі

Хлеб наш насущный - Походные псалмы
Читать сейчас: Псалом 8
Библия за год: 4 Царств 17-18; Иоанна 3:19-36

Господи, Боже наш! Как величественно имя Твое по всей земле! — Псалом 8:2

Выезжая с мужем на природу, мы берем с собой фотоаппараты и снимаем с близкого ракурса все, что растет под ногами. Это настоящий микрокосмос! Изумительное многообразие и красота. Даже грибы и лишайники при большом увеличении надолго увлекают яркими красками: оранжевой, красной и желтой.

Фотографии окружающей природы побуждают меня возводить глаза к Создателю, Который сотворил не только грибы, но и звезды в небесах. Он создал удивительный и разнообразный мир и поместил в центре всей этой красоты нас с вами, чтобы радоваться Его творению и управлять им (Быт. 1:27-28; Пс. 8:7-9).

Мои мысли обращаются к одному из наших «походных псалмов» – тех, которые мы читаем, сидя вокруг костра. «Господи, Боже наш! Как величественно имя Твое по всей земле! Слава Твоя простирается превыше небес! Когда взираю я на небеса Твои – дело Твоих перстов, на луну и звезды, которые Ты поставил, то что есть человек, что Ты помнишь его, и сын человеческий, что Ты посещаешь его?» (Пс. 8:2-5).

Как удивительно, что великий Бог, создавший мир во всем его великолепии, заботится о нас!

О, Господь, великий Создатель, наши сердца возносятся в хвале, когда мы видим картины Твоего прекрасного творения. Благодарим, что создал нас! Помоги нам разумно управлять Твоим миром.

«Бог, мудро устроивший мир, мудро хранит меня». — Филип Янси