January 26th

I want to begin today with a passage I read yesterday in Ephesians:

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

I love this passage, Paul says, “you want to know why I kneel before God, you want to know why I submit to him as Lord?”  “Here’s why: because it is by him and him alone every person finds their identity – period – it is not found in what I can do, it has nothing to do with being a Jew or Gentile, it has nothing to do with my social ranking, it is one thing, and one thing alone – God!”

Chronological reading for the day: 1 Chronicles 23-25

Common Prayer reading for the day: Psalm 119:108-112; Zechariah 7; Ephesians 4:1-16

If this is not a word for the church today, I’m not sure what is:

Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me:  “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?  And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves?  Are these not the words the LORD proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem and its surrounding towns were at rest and prosperous, and the Negev and the western foothills were settled?’”  And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah:  “This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.  Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’

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