October 13 Nehemiah 9,10; Acts 2

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Through the Ages | Kelley Deases

S~  And the Levites — Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabnial, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah — said: “Stand up and praise the Lord your God who is from everlasting to everlasting. Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.”  Nehemiah 9:5 (NIV)

O~  My Bible notes the events in the Book of Nehemiah took place between 444 and 432 B.C.  But some things never change.  God’s people still gather to worship, to confess their sin, and to corporately pray.

A~ As I write this, I am in the final hours of “fasting from words” at a Silent Retreat.  On Friday evening, after we gathered for a brief orientation and an opening meditation, we commenced our time of silence, and it will be broken this morning, a Sunday, as we serve Communion to one another around the circle.  We have had a day and a half to “waste time with Jesus,” be that reading, walking, sleeping, or just “be[ing] still and know[ing]” that He is God.”  We will close out the weekend in a couple hours with a worship service.

This morning when I opened my Bible to read from Nehemiah, I felt a sense of history and belonging to a larger tapestry of God’s people through the ages.  Just as these people gathered for a corporate time of worship, so our small band of fifteen women will gather in a few minutes to break bread and praise God with one another.  In fact, along with our predecessors from well over 2,000 years ago, we will be singing “Blessed Be Your Name.”  I love that!

P~ Father, Through the ages, men and women have sought You out privately but come together for corporate worship and praise.  As I go from silent reflection to group worship and then back home to my regular life, meet me there as You have here — touching my heart and renewing the joy that I experienced in this place.

Turn to God | Luisa Penaherrera

S~  Peter replied, “Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.  Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  This promise is to you and to your children, and even to the Gentiles—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” Acts 2:38, 39 (NLT)

O~ The people asked what they should do now, when they learned that Jesus was the promised Messiah, the one they took part in crucifying.  Peter said that they should turn to God, that truth is for them then and still for us today.

A~ I have been struggling lately and feeling distant from God.  These verses were a reminder of God’s promise to be with me and his Holy Spirit to be with me.

P~ Father, thank you for loving me, for your truth, for this reminder.  I love you, too

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