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Isaiah 63:7-14

I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that he has granted them according to his compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love. For he said, “Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely.” And he became their Savior.

In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit; therefore he turned to be their enemy, and himself fought against them.

Then he remembered the days of old, of Moses and his people. Where is he who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of his flock? Where is he who put in the midst of them his Holy Spirit, who caused his glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses, who divided the waters before them to make for himself an everlasting name, who led them through the depths? Like a horse in the desert, they did not stumble. Like livestock that go down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD gave them rest. So you led your people, to make for yourself a glorious name.

Sorry that I missed yesterday’s Voices Together. I changed insulin management systems Monday and the first 24 hours did not go well. However, praise the LORD, all has settled down. A good nights sleep is a precious gift from our LORD.

Early this morning, in that precious time between sound asleep and wide a wake, a time frequently of meditation regarding the LORD’s work in my life; I was musing on that peculiar relationship called fatherhood. Not only my relationship with my children and grandchildren, but with the men and women of the prison system. And the LORD, God, the Almighty’s relationship with His creation.

I was thinking about the time 70 +/- years ago that I was very insolent to my mother one evening when my father had to work late. He, normally the gentlest, kindest man I have ever known was in a rage. He, a man whose mother died when he was 4, whose beloved stepmother died when he was about 12, to be replaced by a haridan who got him expelled from his father’s home a couple years later; a man who knew the true value of wife and mother had a son who did not. He loved me so much he could not allow that sin to exist in me. To the best of my recollection, it worked. He was teaching as the LORD, God, the Father taught him. Using different tools, but administered through love.

There may be more “Recollections from Dawn” musings from time to time.

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Morning Psalm 135, Noon Psalm 119:65-72, Evening Psalm 66 If you follow this regimen, you will pray through the Psalms every 47 days or just under 8 times per year.

An alternate Reading Plan is based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation. This plan, over a several year period will result in an average reading of the entire Bible in slightly over twice per year. I've been following this plan since 1989 and still find the mixture of Scriptures presented each day to be a delightful way to end my day. The NLB app has a scheduling tool that assists greatly in keeping track of the reading list.

Or set your own reading schedule up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits. But a daily time in the Word of the LORD is an absolute.

Suggested Supplementary Reading

The Christian’s Creed: Embracing the Apostolic Faith by Dr. Stanley D. Gale. There is also a workbook available.

John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.
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