Daily Archives: May 9, 2021

Evening Prayer: May 9th

God of all creation, prayerfully I rest in the assurance that I, too, have been one of the witnesses of your love and peace this day. The day is drawing to a close. I pray that I have lived your Word, your love, and your works this day. I pray that my life has been an example of all that your child, Jesus, died for. I rest this night with the assurance that your angels are keeping watch over me. Bind evil in the walls of hell, that your child may rest in peace this night. In the powerful name of the Christ I pray. Amen.

Daily Scripture Passage: Psalm 67

Psalm 67 (ESV)

Make Your Face Shine upon Us

67 May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
    your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
    let all the peoples praise you!

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you judge the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations upon earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
    let all the peoples praise you!

The earth has yielded its increase;
    God, our God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us;
    let all the ends of the earth fear him!

Thoughts to Ponder from John 14:23-29

John 14:23-29 (ESV)

23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you.26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.

“Peace I leave with you” (John 14:27)

Rarely is a passage from Scripture as Trinitarian as these few verses in today’s Gospel lesson. This passage comes from Jesus’ farewell address at the Last Supper: the final words that he gave his disciples before he was arrested and crucified (John 13-17). In these five chapters, Jesus speaks at length about himself, his Father, and the Holy Spirit. He talks about how God wants to draw every single person into the life of the Trinity, and he talks about the peace that comes to everyone who welcomes him and his Father and the Spirit into their hearts.

Today’s passage contains many of the themes that we find in these five chapters: The Father loves us. He wants to make his home in the hearts of everyone who loves him and keeps his Word. The Holy Spirit has come to teach us and to fill us with his own divine life.

There is so much in this short passage! So try to take some time today to read it a few times slowly and prayerfully. Take a note of how much Jesus teaches about God’s love – in just a few verses. Then thank him for welcoming you into this love through each Person of the Trinity.

Even though the Trinity is a mystery of our faith, we don’t have to understand it perfectly to experience the peace that God wants to give us. Few of us know how a watch, a car, or a computer works. But that doesn’t keep us from reaping the benefits of these things. It’s the same with God. When Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you,” we don’t have to understand everything about that peace. We can just rest in this gift and let it fill our hearts.

This peace is not just a warm feeling. It’s the grace to be holy and to resist evil. It’s the grace to forgive. It’s the grace to remind us that God is with us and that we have nothing to fear (John 14:27). It’s the spiritual tranquility that comes from the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is such a generous God!

Jesus, I want to be filled with your peace now and always. Amen.