August 9, 2022     2:20 pm
34. Week of Sunday after Christmas - Friday
New Year
          I will not leave you until I have done that which I have spoken to you of.   Genesis 28:15
          Today you enter a new year O Christian, and you do not know what it has in store for you. In Christ God has given you the most solemn assurances of His grace, of protection, of guidance on your pilgrimage to the eternal home. Enemies will waylay you, oppose you, enemies cruelly armed with deep guile and great might. But God will stand between you and them. And if your eyes were opened as were Jacob's (Gen.32:1-2), you would see the angels of God meet you, and you would shout: Mahanaim this is God's host! Open your eyes, see, and shout! He has given His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways. And yet, it may come to pass that you will fear, fear greatly, because of some threatening danger or other. For your flesh faints and is despondent. Then you shall pray and cry anxiously, and remind God of the promises which He gave you. That is the proper thing to do. And yet, it may be that God will meet you as an enemy, as He did Jacob (Gen. 32:24-30), in order to try you. Oh, then hold fast to God, as Jacob did, and say: "I will not let You go except You bless me." And He will bless you, and you will shout again: Peniel, the face of God! My life is preserved! And God will help you and lead you in the paths of righteousness, and lastly, this year or another, bring you home, home! All this He promises you. And He says: "I will not leave you until I have done that which I have spoken to you of." Now, with joy and confidence you may say, Amen.
          PRAYER: - Lord God, dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for the sure and comforting promises which You have given me in Christ Jesus, and that You have faithfully fulfilled them until now. I pray You to continue to do so, and not to leave me, until You have done that which You have spoken to me of. O Lord, You are faithful. Give me Your Holy Spirit that, trusting in Your Word, and led by Your hand, with all joy and confidence I may enter upon the new year, indeed, face the whole future before me, hastening to my eternal home. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:20 pm