Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you With all our heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire. Matthew 3:11
As he drew near the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, had great compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited His people.” Luke 7:12-16
After much contemplation, prayer and meditation, I’ve decided to take a new approach to my devotional posts. In the past, I always made sure to post one devotion everyday, precisely at noon (EST). The rigidity of this scheduling began to cause me more than a little anxiety. How can one be close to their spirituality in such a state? Are not a state of anxiety and a state of grace diametrically opposed? With that in mind, I’ve decided to post devotional material only when the spirit moves me. (Pun intended.)
Also future images included with my devotional posts no longer need to be religious in nature. I think that was apparent in my last Devotion which quoted the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke. This was when Jesus drove demons out of the men and into the pigs. The pigs subsequently drowned themselves. Instead of an explicitly religious image, I included a photograph of a friend’s garden sculpture- a cute cast iron pig whose paint had fairly chipped off.
With all this in mind, I now present a devotion for September 7, 2019:But Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: For such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 19:14.
And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts. Matthew 8:28-34
Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.