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August 19, 2022

Morning Reading
Midday Reading
Evening Reading

Morning
Rising

Psalm 19 The Message

God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
  Madame Day holds classes every morning,
    Professor Night lectures each evening.

Their words aren’t heard,
    their voices aren’t recorded,
  But their silence fills the earth:
    unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.

God makes a huge dome
    for the sun-a superdome!
  The morning sun’s a new husband
    leaping from his honeymoon bed,
  The daybreaking sun an athlete
    racing to the tape.

That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies
    from sunrise to sunset,
  Melting ice, scorching deserts,
    warming hearts to faith.

The revelation of God is whole
    and pulls our lives together.
  The signposts of God are clear
    and point out the right road.
  The life-maps of God are right,
    showing the way to joy.
  The directions of God are plain
    and easy on the eyes.
  God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold,
    with a lifetime guarantee.
  The decisions of God are accurate
    down to the nth degree.

God’s Word is better than a diamond,
    better than a diamond set between emeralds.
  You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring,
    better than red, ripe strawberries.

There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
    and directs us to hidden treasure.
  Otherwise how will we find our way?
    Or know when we play the fool?
  Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
    Keep me from stupid sins,
    from thinking I can take over your work;
  Then I can start this day sun-washed,
    scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
  These are the words in my mouth;
    these are what I chew on and pray.
  Accept them when I place them
    on the morning altar,
  O God, my Altar-Rock,
    God, Priest-of-My-Altar.

Midday
Reconnecting

Midday Prayer

Helper of the helpless,
comforter of the afflicted,
may your servants who stand in the midst of evil
find strength in the knowledge of your presence,
and praise you for the wonders of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Evening
Resting

John 6:16-21

When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough.

When they had rowed three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

Evening
Resting

1 Thessalonians 3:13 NIV

May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.