Saturday, September 29, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide -- Saturday

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.

Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Read: Psalm 19:7-14, Deuteronomy 27:1-10, and Matthew 5:13-20

Jesus tells us that we are salt and light.  While those might seem like odd comparisons to make, they actually make sense.

Salt is an element that we need to live; it helps regulate the fluids in our bodies.  It also helps ours food taste better.  Salt was used as money in Roman times, and saying that someone is “worth his salt” comes from this.  Salt is easy to find nowadays, although in times past it was expensive.

Since the invention of the electric light bulb, we’ve had more than enough light.  In fact, many scientists say that our sleep schedules and other natural rhythms are out of sync because we have so much light.  Light, in Jesus’ time, was a precious commodity, because the oil lamps and candles of that time were smoky and put out little light.  Light is seen as a symbol of purity and holiness, and God is described as being pure, perfect light.

Jesus is telling us several things.  We’re hard to do without, we’re valuable, and we reflect God’s holiness.  We are to be as common as salt, and we are to reflect God’s light into the world around us.

Just like we read about Thursday, we are supposed to be living out our faith, not hiding it.  Take some time to ask God to help you shine his light into the world.  Write your own prayer.

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