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Celebrate! (23 November)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

Shout praises to the Lord,
    everyone on this earth.
Be joyful and sing
as you come in
    to worship the Lord!

You know the Lord is God!
He created us,
    and we belong to him;
    we are his people,
    the sheep in his pasture.

 Be thankful and praise the Lord
    as you enter his temple.
The Lord is good!
    His love and faithfulness
    will last forever.

(Psalm 100)

Reflect: 

This Psalm celebrates God’s kingship over all the earth and is a universal call to all people to worship him. The Psalm reflects God as both creator and shepherd, the one who created us and who can be trusted to faithfully provide for us as a shepherd cares for his valuable sheep.

Respond: 

As you reflect back over this past year, what are you grateful for? How has the Lord shown you steadfast love and faithfulness?

Midday Meditation:

Perhaps if Man is finally to know the bodiless, timeless, transcendent God of the whole universe not as a mere philosophical abstraction but as the Lord who, despite this transcendence, is "not far from any one of us", as an utterly concrete Being (far more concrete than we) whom Man can fear, love, address, and "taste", he must begin far more humbly and far nearer home, with the local altar, the traditional feast, and the treasured memories of God's judgements, promises, and mercies.”

(C.S.Lewis ‘Reflecting on the Psalms)

Evening Reflection:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
Your mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning,
new every morning:
great is your faithfulness, O Lord,
great is your faithfulness!

(From the hymn: ‘The Steadfast Love of the Lord Never Ceases)

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