Daily Devotion - Monday, 6 July

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Monday, 6 July 2020

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Call to Prayer

Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  (Isaiah 40 : 31)

 

Welcome to Daily Devotions from Cramond Kirk on Monday, 6 July 2020.

Prayer

Lord, I pray, if today

someone wrongs or troubles me,

make me kind,

bring to mind

that forgiveness makes me free. 

Amen

(Hymn 541)

Introduction

Men in the Bible: that will be the theme of this week’s daily devotions and we begin with Joseph, the dreamer, the boy with the multi-coloured coat, his father’s favourite but despised by his brothers and sold into slavery.

The years have passed and despite many twists and turns along the road, Joseph has risen to a position of prominence as chief steward in Pharaoh’s household.

Famine has gripped the land – and bowing low before him, Joseph’s brothers have come to plead for food.

Little did they know, little could they know their brother’s childhood dream had just come true.

Bitter and resentful, a perfect moment to send them packing and wreak his revenge – whatever his failings – and there were many – Joseph still had the faith to recognise God’s hand at work in his life.

So listen to the climax of the story - and as you listen, to what extent can you recognise God’s hand having been at work in your life?

Genesis 45 : 1 - 9

Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Send everyone away from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 

And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 

Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.

Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 

And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 

For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 

God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 

So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 

Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 

Prayer

Always present in the world around,

always present in the world within,

always present in the world beyond,

great and wonderful God,

let us carry through this day

a sense of Your purpose at work in the world

and at work in our lives.

Forbid that we should look at the work of Your hands today

and give no thought to You the maker.

 

Forbid that we should look at another person

and fail to see them as a child of God.

 

Forbid that we should turn a blind eye to someone’s pain

and a deaf ear to someone’s cry for help.

 

And help us never take for granted

Your presence and promise

in all we do and see and touch.

 

Draw close to all who are in need this day,

the many displaced people in our world,

refugees and migrants frightened with no home to call their own.

 

Hold in Your healing presence and power

people who are ill at home or in hospital,

the medical teams and care staff looking after them

and anyone who has been left feeling anxious and vulnerable

after these days of lockdown

 

And as we hear again of Joseph,

help us trust

in the goodness of Your purpose

and the victory of Your love  

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Our Father

Which art in heaven

Hallowed be Thy name

Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom

The power and the glory

For ever

Amen

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Amen