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Archive for August 30th, 2022

Reality

MEDITATION:

Written by C. H. Mackintosh (1820-1896), an Irish businessman and educator, active in the Irish Revival of 1859-1869.

God looks for reality. “He did not love us in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth; and He looks for a response from us—a response clear, full, and distinct; a response coming out in a life of good works, a life yielding mellow clusters of the “fruits of righteousness which are by Christ Jesus, to the glory and praise of God.” – Ought we not diligently to seek to promote love and good works? And how can this be most effectually accomplished? Surely by walking in love ourselves, and faithfully treading the path of good works in our own private life. For ourselves, we confess we are thoroughly sick of hollow profession. High truth on the lips and low practice in daily life, is one of the crying evils of our day. We talk of grace; but fail in common righteousness—fail in the plainest moral duties in our daily private life. We boast of our “position” and our “standing;” but we are deplorably lax as to our “condition” and “state.” May the Lord, in His infinite goodness, stir up all hearts to more thorough earnestness, in the pursuit of good works, so that we may more fully adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things!

PRAYER:

This prayer is from the Mozarabic Breviary, a liturgical rite of the Latin Church used on the Iberian Peninsula and developed in the 500s AD.

Look on us and hear us,

O Lord our God,

and help us to please you

as we do the work you have given to us.

As you have given the first act of will,

so give the completion of the work.

Give us strength to finish

what you have moved us to begin;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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