We All Wander (5 April 2021)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

He suffered and endured
    great pain for us,
but we thought his suffering
    was punishment from God.
He was wounded and crushed
    because of our sins;
by taking our punishment,
    he made us completely well.
All of us were like sheep
    that had wandered off.
We had each gone our own way,
but the Lord gave him
    the punishment we deserved.

(Isaiah 53.4-6)

Reflect:

Scripture often speaks of people wandering away from God, usually people who have been in relationship with him. If we are honest we might recognise this tendency to wander in ourselves. Maybe we are not as good as we think at abiding in God and staying closely connected to him.

Respond:  

As you reflect on these verses today, do you have a sense that you are wandering off on your own? Bring to God your shortcomings with regard to staying close to him.

Midday Meditation:

Come thou fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing your praise
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount I’m fixed upon it
The mount of thy redeeming blood

Oh to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be
Let your goodness like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to thee
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart Lord,
Take and seal it
Seal it for thy courts above

(From the hymn Come Thou Font of Every Blessing)

Evening Reflection:

May the everlasting God shield you,
east and west and wherever you go.
And the blessing of God be upon us.
The blessing of the God of life.
The blessing of Christ be upon us,
the blessing of the Christ of love.
The blessing of the Spirit be upon us,
the blessing of the Spirit of grace.
The blessing of the Trinity be upon us.
Now and forevermore. Amen.

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