Evening Prayer

For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison
2 Cor 4:17 NET

Let us be patient, and endure a while; the time may come that God may give us a happy release; but let us not be our own murderers.
– John Bunyan

He that is down need fear no fall;
He that is low no pride;
He that is humble ever shall
Have God to be his guide.
– John Bunyan

Time delivers fools from grief and reason wise men.
– Epictetus

Prayer

My Lord,

If I may be walking through fields that are rough with grief and care, may I have the courage to continue on to the smooth pastures, where I may walk with comfort and peace. May I not let the weariness and sorrow that may come to my heart to-day dwarf my hope and enjoyment of the future.

Amen.

Evening Devotional

“If we walk in the light, as he is in the light.”
Joh 1:7

As he is in the light! Can we ever attain to this? Shall we ever be able to walk as clearly in the light as he is whom we call “Our Father,” of whom it is written, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all?” Certainly, this is the model which it set before us, for the Saviour himself said, “Be ye perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect;” and although we may feel that we can never rival the perfection of God, yet we are to seek after it, and never to be satisfied until we attain to it. The youthful artist, as he grasps his early pencil, can hardly hope to equal Raphael or Michael Angelo, but still, if he did not have a noble beau ideal before his mind, he would only attain to something very mean and ordinary. But what is meant by the expression that the Christian is to walk in light as God is in the light? We conceive it to import likeness, but not degree. We are as truly in the light, we are as heartily in the light, we are as sincerely in the light, as honestly in the light, though we cannot be there in the same measure. I cannot dwell in the sun, it is too bright a place for my residence, but I can walk in the light of the sun; and so, though I cannot attain to that perfection of purity and truth which belongs to the Lord of hosts by nature as the infinitely good, yet I can set the Lord always before me, and strive, by the help of the indwelling Spirit, after conformity to his image. That famous old commentator, John Trapp, says, “We may be in the light as God is in the light for quality, but not for equality.” We are to have the same light, and are as truly to have it and walk in it as God does, though, as for equality with God in his holiness and purity, that must be left until we cross the Jordan and enter into the perfection of the Most High. Mark that the blessings of sacred fellowship and perfect cleansing are bound up with walking in the light.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Daily Strength

Now therefore keep thy sorrow to thyself, and bear with a good courage that which hath befallen thee.
2 Esd 10:15

Go, bury thy sorrow,
The world hath its share;
Go, bury it deeply,
Go, hide it with care.
Go, bury thy sorrow,
Let others be blest;
Go, give them the sunshine,
And tell God the rest.
—ANON

Our veiled and terrible guest [Trouble] brings for us, if we will accept it, the boon of fortitude, patience, self-control, wisdom, sympathy, faith. If we reject that, then we find in our hands the other gift,—cowardice, weakness, isolation, despair. If your trouble seems to have in it no other possibility of good, at least set yourself to bear it like a man. Let none of its weight come on other shoulders. Try to carry it so that no one shall even see it. Though your heart be sad within, let cheer go out from you to others. Meet them with a kindly presence, considerate words, helpful acts.
G. S. MERRIAM

Afternoon Prayer

“The unfailing love of the Lord never ends. By his mercies, we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day.”
Lamentations 3:22-23

Father God,

As I start out this afternoon, I am excited because I know You have planned something awesome for me today. If I ask for something and it does not come today, that is okay. That is my heart now Lord. If I fall out of character, nudge me.

Amen