Monday, March 16, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, March 16, 2020

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Psalm 81; Genesis 24:1-27; 2 John 1-13

The Daily Lectionary
MONDAY, March 16, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

We drink from the rock
1  Sing for joy to God our strength;
     shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
2  Begin the music, strike the timbrel,
     play the melodious harp and lyre.

3  Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon,
     and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;
4  this is a decree for Israel,
     an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5  When God went out against Egypt,
     he established it as a statute for Joseph.

   I heard an unknown voice say:

6  “I removed the burden from their shoulders;
     their hands were set free from the basket.
7  In your distress you called and I rescued you,
     I answered you out of a thundercloud;
     I tested you at the waters of Meribah.
8  Hear me, my people, and I will warn you—
     if you would only listen to me, Israel!
9  You shall have no foreign god among you;
     you shall not worship any god other than me.
10 I am the Lord your God,
     who brought you up out of Egypt.
   Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

11 “But my people would not listen to me;
     Israel would not submit to me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts
     to follow their own devices.

13 “If my people would only listen to me,
     if Israel would only follow my ways,
14 how quickly I would subdue their enemies
     and turn my hand against their foes!
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him,
     and their punishment would last forever.
16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat;
     with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Rebekah at the well
24:1 Abraham was now very old, and the Lord had blessed him in every way. 2 He said to the senior servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh. 3 I want you to swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, 4 but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.”

5 The servant asked him, “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land? Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?”

6 “Make sure that you do not take my son back there,” Abraham said. 7 “The Lord, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’—he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there. 8 If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath of mine. Only do not take my son back there.” 9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.

10 Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim and made his way to the town of Nahor. 11 He had the camels kneel down near the well outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.

12 Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14 May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”

15 Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. 16 The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.

17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.”

18 “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.

19 After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels. 21 Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.

22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels. 23 Then he asked, “Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?”

24 She answered him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milkah bore to Nahor.” 25 And she added, “We have plenty of straw and fodder, as well as room for you to spend the night.”

26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord, 27 saying, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.”

A woman reminded to abide in Christ
1 The elder,

To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth— 2 because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:

3 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.

4 It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 5 And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

7 I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.

12 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

13 The children of your sister, who is chosen by God, send their greetings.

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The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, March 16, 2020
Psalm 81; Genesis 24:1-27; 2 John 1-13

The Daily Prayer for MONDAY, March 16, 2020

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The Daily Prayer
MONDAY, March 16, 2020

Twenty-three-year-old American activist Rachel Corrie was killed on this day in 2003. While countless Palestinian people have been killed the way Rachel was, her death marks a key moment symbolizing international concern. She was crushed by a bulldozer in Gaza as she knelt in front of the home of a Palestinian friend and tried to stop the demolition of their house.

Nineteenth-century French mystic Therese of Lisieux wrote, “My vocation is love! In the heart of the Church, who is my Mother, I will be love. So I shall be everything and so my dreams will be fulfilled—to make Love loved.”

Lord God, please keep us balanced between the times you call us apart to be alone with you and the times when we dwell in the midst of others who claim you as Lord, that we might in every circumstance know ourselves in the beloved community of your Trinity. Amen.

Verse of the Day for MONDAY, March 16, 2020

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Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
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The Lenten Prayer for MONDAY, March 16, 2020 - Monday of the Third Week of Lent


40 Days of Lenten Prayers
Day 17 - Monday of the Third Week of Lent

Merciful God,
Free your Church from the sins of this world
and protect us from evil we see
and the evil we prefer to ignore.
We need your guidance, Lord
for we cannot do this alone.
Only with your help can we be saved.
Thank you for your desire to save us and love us.
Amen.

Un dia a la Vez - Lunes 16 de marzo de 2020

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¡Suéltate!

Cuídame como a la niña de tus ojos; escóndeme, bajo la sombra de tus alas.
Salmo 17:8 (NVI)

¡Oye, sí, suéltate! ¿Sabes por qué te lo aseguro hoy? Porque en estos días hemos meditado que nuestra vida debe depender de manera exclusiva de Dios. Así que por experiencia te digo que muchas veces en las que me he propuesto cambiar, que he creído entregar todas mis luchas y debilidades a Él, vuelvo a caer en la desconfianza y en la lucha contra mis propios recursos.

Sé que no es fácil porque es una tendencia humana.

Entonces, una vez que tomas una decisión firme, nuestro mismo Dios nos fortalece.

Soltarse en las manos del Maestro trae muchos beneficios. Por eso te dejaré ver algunos para que refuerces tu oración.

Primero, serás obediente, ya que Dios dice en su Palabra: «Vengan a mí todos ustedes que están cansados y agobiados, y yo les daré descanso» (Mateo 11:28).

Segundo, tendrás descanso, pues no te encargarás tú de llevar tus preocupaciones.

Tercero, no tendrás que preocuparte por el diario vivir, ya que cada día trae su propio afán.

Y, por enumerarte uno más, Dios te dice que si Él se preocupa por los lirios del campo y por dar de comer a las aves del cielo, ¿cómo no cuidará mejor de sus hijos? (véase Mateo 6:25-34).

Y esos somos tú y yo: «Hijos de Dios» con privilegios y con derechos.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
¿Sabes por qué te lo aseguro hoy?

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Monday, March 16, 2020

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STOP MAKING GOD “SAFE”

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

Our Open Doors colleague, Ron Boyd-MacMillan, shares the following insight from his teaching, “Why I Need to Encounter the Persecuted Church.”

Don’t let them make God safe!” These words of send-off for me at the Bombay airport were from an Indian Christian evangelist. He had a low opinion of western churches. After visiting them he confided, “They have managed to turn a dangerous God into a safe one…instead of a God that burns with fury against hypocrisy, idolatry, and injustice, they have a God that turns a blind eye to all our faults, just keeps on loving us with a disinterested air, and seems not to care whether we stand out for him or not.”

The persecuted never let us forget that knowing God should bring chaos, not safety because God’s gospel is so subversive. The life of the Indian evangelist proves this point. He used to work as a river guide in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi. It was his job to row tourists around the river especially at sunrise so they could take pictures of the morning sun shining on the giant rows of temple steps, called ghats that hugged the river bank. His employer insisted he provide sexual services for the tourists who hired the boat, and he soon became a male prostitute.

A few years later he received the gospel as a result of a chance encounter with a tourist. After becoming a Christian he said, “I felt relief that I did not have to behave that way again. Suddenly a whole new set of choices opened up for me. But I was apprehensive too—the choices that pleased God would not please anyone else.” His employer had him beaten by thugs. But he refused to return to work as a prostitute. He was sacked and immediately had to leave town.

At first, he went back to his family, but they were not happy to see him. His mother wailed, “We sold you so you could look after us in our old age, and now you are following a bad god who has made you refuse to provide for us.”

He became convicted that he must return to Varanasi and work to free all the other sex slaves. He began setting up a bank so that low paid workers could borrow at reasonable rates of interest, and not have to go to loan sharks that kept them in financial slavery. He said, “Jesus Christ had given me freedom, and now I had to fight for the freedom of other people just like me. I had to. Jesus makes us pure and sacred, and it is not right that his children should be bought and sold and used like cattle.” He has survived two assassination attempts. His wife had acid thrown over her by thugs employed by the leaders of the prostitution rackets. This man is driven by a love for a God that is determined to set his children free.

God has been made far too safe when we can attend churches and never be roused to do something about the challenge of the poor, the needy, and the persecuted. God wants us to stand up and out against sin. He promised us that following Him would get us into a fight. The fight will come to us if only we realize how subversive His gospel really is. Let the persecuted help.

RESPONSE: Today I will stand up and stand out for God and His righteousness…not look for a safe life.

PRAYER: Lord, bless all, like the Indian evangelist, who stand up for You today in a spiritual fight.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

Women of the Bible - Monday, March 16, 2020

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Rahab

Her name means: "Storm," "Arrogance," "Broad," or "Spacious"

Her character: Rahab was both clever and wise. She saw judgment coming and was able to devise an escape plan for herself and her family. As soon as she heard what God had done for the Israelites, she cast her lot with his people, risking her life in an act of faith.
Her sorrow: To see her own people destroyed and her city demolished.
Her joy: That God had given her, an idolater and prostitute, the opportunity to know him and belong to his people.
Key Scriptures: Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17-25; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25

Her Story

Jericho may be the world's oldest city. Established nearly six thousand years before Miriam and Moses completed their desert wanderings, its ancient ruins can be found just seventeen miles northeast of Jerusalem. Gateway to Canaan, it was also the home of a prostitute named Rahab, whose house nestled snugly into its thick surrounding walls.

As well as entertaining locals, Rahab welcomed guests from various caravans whose routes crisscrossed Jericho. Men from all over the East brought news of a swarm of people encamped east of the Jordan. Rahab heard marvelous stories about the exploits of the God of the Israelites—how he had dried up the Red Sea so they could escape their Egyptian slave masters, and how he had given them victory in battle against Sihon and Og, two kings of the Amorites. For forty years the God of the Israelites had trained and toughened them in the desert. Such rumors spread fear in Jericho.

While men talked, another man planned. Moses was dead, and Joshua, son of Nun, had been appointed leader of the Israelites. Nearly forty years earlier Joshua had spied out the land along with Caleb and a group of others, urging the Israelites to take hold of the land of promise. This time there would be no shrinking back. Once the Israelites crossed the Jordan River and destroyed Jericho, the land would open like a melon with the rind peeled back. He could taste the victory.

Joshua sent two spies to Jericho to probe its secrets. The spies soon made their way to Rahab's house, where she hid them beneath stalks of flax drying on the roof. Later that day, Rahab received a message from the king of Jericho, asking her about the spies who had taken refuge in her house.

"Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from," she lied to the king's messenger. "At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, the men left. I don't know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them."

As soon as the king's men left, she hurried to the roof, quickly warning her two guests: "I know that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us…. The Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and that you will save us from death."

To this remarkable statement of faith, the men replied: "Our lives for your lives!" thus sealing the bargain.

Quickly, the two spies handed Rahab a scarlet cord, instructing her to tie it in the window on the side of the house built into the city wall. The invading Israelites would see it and spare everyone inside. Then Rahab instructed the men to hide themselves in the hills for three days until their pursuers abandoned the chase. With that, they slipped out the window and scrambled down the walls of Jericho.

Joshua was smiling long after the spies had left him with their good report. Now was the time to move. He marshaled the people and led them across the Jordan. Though the river was at flood stage, a massive army of Israelites crossed on dry ground. God was with them just as he had been when they left Egypt. Only this time, no one was chasing them—Israel had become the pursuing army, ready for battle!

The news that the waters of the River Jordan had parted for the Israelites terrified the inhabitants of Jericho. Rahab watched anxiously from her window in the wall as the Israelites gathered around the city like a growing storm. Would these fierce warriors with their powerful God remember the scarlet cord? For the thousandth time, she reminded her family, especially the little ones, not to take even one step outside the house, lest they perish.

That first day Rahab watched as seven priests carrying an ark led thousands of men around the city. She braced herself, but nothing happened. The next day and the next, for five more days it continued. Then, as the sun was rising on the seventh day, the men of Israel marched again, encircling Jericho seven times. Suddenly, she heard the ram's horn sound and then a thunderous cry, loud enough to split a mountain. The city walls shattered and the Israelites rushed in. Rahab tried to plug her ears to the mayhem outside her home. When the battle of Jericho was over, Rahab and those she loved were spared. Her faith had saved not only herself but her entire household from the terrible judgment decreed for her city.

Jericho's end reminds us of Sodom's. In Sodom, Lot and his daughters were spared; in Jericho, it was Rahab and her family who were spared. But unlike Lot or his wife, Rahab never once hesitated. She is the only woman singled out by name and commended for her faith as part of the great "cloud of witnesses" mentioned in the book of Hebrews. A prostitute living in the midst of an idolatrous people, Rahab was like a brand plucked from the fire. Her own people destroyed, she left everything behind, becoming an ancestor of King David and, therefore, one of Jesus' ancestors as well.

Rahab's story is a dramatic one. It shows us that God's grace accepts no boundaries. The red cord that saved Rahab and her family reminds us of the red blood of Jesus, who still saves us today, and of Isaiah's words, that "though your sins may be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." Rahab put her faith in the God of Israel and was not disappointed.

Her Promise

The story of Rahab reveals again God's willingness to use the less than perfect, the outcast, what we might see as the unsuitable to accomplish his holy purposes. Throughout Scripture, with what can almost be seen as divine humor, God chooses a stutterer to speak for him (Moses), an infertile woman to be the mother of a nation (Sarah), a weakling to defend him (Gideon), a forgettable youngest son to be the most unforgettable king of his people (David), an unknown youngster to be the mother of his son (Mary), and a persecutor to take the gospel to the nations (Paul).

God doesn't wait for us to become spotlessly clean or totally mature in our faith in order to use us. Instead, he takes ordinary, willing people and accomplishes the extraordinary, both in their lives and in the lives of those around them. As he did with Rahab, he promises to use us, and through that experience to perfect us.

This devotional is drawn from Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda. Used with permission.
She saw judgment coming and was able to devise an escape plan for herself and her family.

LHM Daily Devotions March 16, 2020 - FREEDOM FROM SIN

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"FREEDOM FROM SIN"

March 16, 2020

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, "If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." They answered Him, "We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that You say, 'You will become free'?" Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."

I have a hard time getting over what the people said to Jesus: "We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone." How in the world did they manage to forget slavery in Egypt? It was the major focus of their biggest national holiday, the Passover—remembering how God saved them and set them free! How could they ever forget?

And yet, we show a similar forgetfulness sometimes, don't we? Our slavery was to something even bigger and more dangerous—to the power of sin.

What exactly is sin, anyway? It's that horrible twist in our nature that makes it impossible for us to go on doing right, even when we desperately want to. It's that tug that pulls us to do what we know is wrong, bad, harmful, and no matter how hard we fight it, we still find ourselves slipping and giving in. It's that addiction, that pull, that slavery, as Jesus calls it, which rules our lives and distorts all the good things we try to do. It's the reason nobody honest can ever say, "I have totally clean hands. I have never done anything bad or shameful."

God knows we need help. You know we need help, if you have ever struggled with sin with all your might and still come up short. And Jesus promises us that help. He promises to set us free: "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."

How can He set us free? Because of who He is—Son of God and Son of Man. Because of what He has done—because He has paid the price for our freedom through His suffering, death, and resurrection. Because of His love for us, which gives us our freedom as a gift with no strings.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, give me this freedom and help me to live within it by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  1. Have you ever been trapped and unable to move? What did that feel like?
  2. What is one temptation to sin you have struggled with?
  3. How has God helped you gain freedom?

Lenten Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Have you ever been trapped and unable to move? What did that feel like?

Devocional CPTLN del 16 de marzo de 2020 - Liberación del pecado


ALIMENTO DIARIO

Liberación del pecado

16 de Marzo de 2020

Entonces Jesús dijo a los judíos que habían creído en él: "Si ustedes permanecen en mi palabra, serán verdaderamente mis discípulos; y conocerán la verdad, y la verdad los hará libres." Le respondieron: "Nosotros somos descendientes de Abrahán, y jamás hemos sido esclavos de nadie. ¿Cómo puedes decir: 'Ustedes serán libres'"? Jesús les respondió: "De cierto, de cierto les digo, que todo aquel que comete pecado, esclavo es del pecado. Y el esclavo no se queda en la casa para siempre; el hijo sí se queda para siempre. Así que, si el Hijo los liberta, serán verdaderamente libres."

"Somos descendientes de Abrahán, y jamás hemos sido esclavos de nadie." ¿Cómo pudieron olvidar la esclavitud en Egipto, que era el motivo de la celebración de la Pascua, su mayor fiesta nacional? En la Pascua, los judíos recordaban cómo Dios los había liberado y salvado.

A veces nosotros somos iguales. Solo que nuestra esclavitud es algo aún más grande y más peligroso: estamos esclavizados al pecado. ¿Qué es exactamente el pecado? Es esa tendencia horrible que tenemos por naturaleza que nos impide hacer lo correcto, incluso cuando lo deseamos desesperadamente. Es ese impulso que nos empuja a hacer lo que sabemos que está mal y ante el cual, no importa cuán duramente luchemos, resbalamos y cedemos. Es esa adicción, esa esclavitud, como Jesús lo llama, que rige nuestras vidas y distorsiona todas las cosas buenas que intentamos hacer. Es la razón por la que nadie honesto puede decir: "Tengo las manos totalmente limpias. Nunca he hecho nada malo o vergonzoso".

Dios sabe que necesitamos ayuda. Sabemos que necesitamos ayuda cuando luchamos contra el pecado con todas nuestras fuerzas y nos quedamos cortos. Y Jesús nos promete esa ayuda. Él promete liberarnos: "Si el Hijo los liberta, serán verdaderamente libres."

¿Cómo puede liberarnos? Por quién él es: Hijo de Dios e Hijo del hombre. Por lo que ha hecho, porque ha pagado el precio de nuestra libertad a través de su sufrimiento, muerte y resurrección; por su amor por nosotros, que nos da la libertad como un regalo sin condiciones.

ORACIÓN: Señor Jesús, dame tu libertad y ayúdame a vivir en ella por el poder de tu Espíritu Santo. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
  1. ¿Cuál es una tentación de pecar con la que has luchado?
  2. ¿Cómo te ha ayudado Dios a obtener la libertad?

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¿Cuál es una tentación de pecar con la que has luchado?

Notre Pain Quotidien - Un savoir-faire exceptionnel

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Un savoir-faire exceptionnel

Lisez : Psaume 139.7-16
La Bible en un an : Deutéronome 30 – 31; Marc 15.1-25

Je te loue de ce que je suis une créature si merveilleuse. Tes œuvres sont admirables, et mon âme le reconnaît bien.

Le directeur de la chorale de notre collège nous dirigeait et nous accompagnait au piano en même temps, équilibrant ainsi ces responsabilités avec savoir-faire. À la fin d’un concert, il avait l’air particulièrement fatigué, alors je lui ai demandé s’il allait bien. Il m’a répondu : « Je n’avais jamais eu à faire ça avant », puis il m’a expliqué : « Le piano était tellement désaccordé que j’ai dû jouer en deux octaves différentes : l’une de la main droite et l’autre de la main gauche ! » Son savoir-faire exceptionnel m’a émerveillé, et celui qui a créé les êtres humains capables d’accomplir de telles choses m’émerveille aussi.

Le roi David a exprimé un émerveillement encore plus grand : « Merci d’avoir fait de moi une créature aussi merveilleuse : tu fais des merveilles, et je le reconnais bien » (PS 139 ; Semeur). Tant par les aptitudes des êtres humains que par la beauté de la nature, la merveilleuse création nous amène à tourner le regard vers notre Créateur.

Un jour, lorsque nous serons en présence de Dieu, des gens de toutes les générations l’adoreront ainsi : « Tu es digne, notre Seigneur et notre Dieu, de recevoir la gloire, l’honneur et la puissance ; car tu as créé toutes choses, et c’est par ta volonté qu’elles existent et qu’elles ont été créées » (AP 4.11). Les aptitudes extraordinaires que Dieu nous donne et la grande beauté que Dieu a créée justifient amplement que nous l’adorions.
Mon Dieu, comme tu es merveilleux ! Je vois ta signature partout. Merci pour tout ce que tu as créé.
Dieu a créé les êtres humains pour qu’ils accomplissent de belles et grandes choses.


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Le directeur de la chorale de notre collège nous dirigeait et nous accompagnait au piano en même temps, équilibrant ainsi ces responsabilités avec savoir-faire.