Daily Reading: December 22

#DailyDevotion I, I am Jesus, besides me there is no Savior.

December 22nd

Read Is 43:1–24

Isa 43:1 But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

Isa 43:3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you.

Isa 43:10-12 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. (11) I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior. (12) I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and I am God.

Isa 43:15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.”

In this chapter of Isaiah, the Lord God, the God of Israel, is making some specific claims upon his holy people and upon his name, character and person. It is Yahweh, the Lord who created Israel from a very peculiar people in the Mid-east, from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Even as he formed them and brought them out of Egypt, this same Yahweh, the Lord, is Jesus who forms his holy Church, starting with the Jews and gathering people from every language, tongue, tribe and nation to be his very own people. To such a people he declares to fear not. Why should we his people not fear? Because he has redeemed us with his precious blood. He calls us out from the world, each by name, even as he calls the stars out at night. We need not fear because we belong to him.

The Lord, Yahweh, is the Holy One of Israel. That is a name, a designation for Jesus in the New Testament. He declares that he is Israel’s God. What other God chases after a people and declares them to be his own? He is Israel’s savior and he is the savior of the whole world and in particular the Church.

Israel is a witness to God, the Lord’s great love for his people. “I am he,” a designation of Jesus in the Gospels shows us who he is. Jesus is God and there is no other. As St. Paul says, 1Co 8:5-6 “For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth–as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”– (6) yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” It is this Jesus who is the Lord, whom Isaiah prophesies here. There is no other savior, there is no other Lord we can turn to. What other gods have declared and saved like Jesus God? Jesus alone is the Lord(Yahweh), the Holy One, the Creator of Israel, the King of his people. Yet we like the fallen people of Israel at times are not satisfied with the one and only savior, our creator who calls and saves us from this fallen world and look to someone, something, some philosophy, some other piece of knowledge or some other experience other than Jesus. Jesus, this is it.

Heavenly Father, grant us your Holy Spirit, that we have such faith that looks to Jesus your Son, alone as Lord, our God, our Holy One, our Redeemer, our Savior, our Creator, our King that we may rest in quietness and salvation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 21st

#DailyDevotion What Jesus has done, is doing and will do for you. Pay attention, this is important.

December 21st

Read Isaiah 42

Isa 42:1-9 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. (2) He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; (3) a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. (4) He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. (5) Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: (6) “I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, (7) to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. (8) I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. (9) Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

Isaiah is looking to the day of Jesus’ baptism, his ministry, his crucifixion, his resurrection in chapter forty-two. Verse one speaks specifically to Jesus’ baptism. There the Father proclaims his love for the Son and anoints his flesh with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus in his earthly ministry among us lifts up the poor and lowly. He does restore those who are broken by their sins (notice I said broken, not justifying their sins). Though many of his people reject him and his ministry, he does not lose heart but sets his eyes toward his goal, the redemption of mankind.

Jesus brings justice to the nations, he established justice in the earth, and establishes his law not necessarily the way how law oriented people think. For the justice he brings is the justice of the cross. He didn’t come to bring head-banging, wiping them out justice. No, for those broken by life, the law, their sins, guilt and shame and for those who still try to justify their sins and the self-righteousness, Jesus establishes justice and brings it to the earth. He does that by taking the sin of the world into his own flesh, his own soul and spirit and suffers for it there on the cross. The justice of God and his righteousness is fulfilled there. The Father is reconciled with all people there in the suffering of Jesus.

Jesus is now the sign of God’s glory. He is the covenant and light to the nations. He has done something new. Jesus will not share his glory with another or his praise to anything in all creation. Those who try to add to his glory and praise or those who try to take away from his merits and works shall see utter destruction. You cannot add your works to Jesus or try by your merits to share in his glory. It will not work. Either Jesus gets the glory for you salvation or you are not saved. But he gives it to you freely, gratuitously, without charge. You either believe it or you don’t.

Lord Jesus Christ, help us to look to you alone to be our justice and our righteousness before the Father and look to no other creature whereby we might be saved or pleasing to God. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 20th

#DailyDevotion Have you not heard? Jesus is the everlasting God! Now what are your going to do or believe?

December 20th

Read Is 40:18—41:10

Isa 40:18 To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?…27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”? (28) Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable… Isa 41:8-10 But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend; (9) you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; (10) fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

In this passage of Isaiah, the Lord God is questioning his people. Why? Because they are questioning him. Israel is following the ways of her pagan neighbors instead of leading them to the light of the Lord. They are making idols of what they think is God. The Lord God tries to dissuade them from this sort of thinking. Through the prophet he is trying to reason with them. So what is God like?

For one God, the Lord Jesus Christ, is far above all created things. He gives us the image of sitting above creation and spreading it all out. He is its creator, from subatomic particles to the vast reaches of space, he holds it all together. And while he is wholly other he is intimately involved in the happenings of men. He raises up men to rule the nations and he takes them down.

God, the Lord Jesus Christ, he sustains the universe and he is the only God that is of this world, though many worship that which is not God. Yet, he sustains the weary and gives strength to the weak. Though many strong men will fail in all their strivings, those who put their trust in him, “they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

And while we may wonder on the majesty of God, this time of the year helps us to remember that God, the Lord Jesus Christ, is intimately concerned about you. Even has he had chose Israel from all the nations of the world to bear his name, he has now called you to be part of his holy people. Through the waters of baptism, Jesus has grafted you to himself and chose you to be his very own before the foundations of the world. In the midst of trials and tribulations, you have this promise, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Indeed, the One who would not help himself on the cross, who to all the world seemed weak an helpless, when you are experiencing your cross, Jesus is the I who is with you. Jesus is your God. Jesus will strengthen you, help you, and uphold you with his right hand. You can trust in this. He will do it.

Lord Jesus Christ, you created all that is, seen and unseen an uphold it with your right hand. On the day of our trials and all other times, uphold us with your merciful kindness and keep us from falling away so on the day of your return we may rejoice in all your glory. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 19th

#DailyDevotion Jesus will give you what you want. What you deserve or grace and mercy.

December 19th

Read Is 40:1–17

Isa 40:1-10 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. (2) Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. (3) A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (4) Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. (5) And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (6) A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. (7) The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. (8) The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (9) Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” (10) Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.

O what great mercy, grace and peace the Lord our God wants to bestow on us and does. Even here in Isaiah where His holy people have rejected Him and went after other gods, what words does the Lord our God speak to them and to us? “Comfort, comfort my people,… Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.” What the Lord wants to do is comfort, speak tenderly, pardon them and us, end our warfare with sin and death and give us double the good rather than punish us for our sins.

What great precision the author’s of the gospels, inspired by the Holy Spirit place this as fulfillment in the mouth of the Baptist for in his preach he points us to Jesus and says, “Behold your God!” Yes, this prophecy is partially fulfilled in Christ’s life and fully to be fulfilled when he returns. The Word of the Lord stands forever because Jesus is the Word of the Lord and the Word of the Lord is the Lord. He is the eternal One, born in the flesh, crucified on the cross, buried in the tomb, raised from the dead on the third day and ascended into heaven, ruling heaven and earth as he awaits his return.

And when our Lord Jesus Christ returns, his recompense is with him. Mercy, grace, peace, love, forgiveness, immorality are his rewards for those who trusted in the message, yes even in his name for salvation. As much as we deserve double the punishment for our sins he gives us double the pleasure and double the fun, so great is his mercy is towards those who fear, love and trust in him.

But to those who reject him, who reject his gifts, his love, his mercy, his kindness, his forgiveness, who only want what they deserve, he most certainly will give them what they deserve. Without prejudice, in pure justice and equity, what they want and deserve shall be given to them.

Lord Jesus Christ, when you return, do not give us what we deserve but reward us according to your mercy, grace, kindness, and love demands. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 18th

#DailyDevotion Don’t reject the Way of Holiness. It is Jesus.

December 18th

Read Is 34:1–2, 8—35:10

Isa 35:1-10 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; (2) it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God. (3) Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. (4) Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”… (10) And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

The comparison of what will happen to Edom and what will happen to Zion are stark. Edom being that which the Lord hates. The Lord hates Edom because it is the world which does not trust in His Christ, our Lord Jesus. So Edom will be utterly destroyed at the Lord Jesus Christ’s return. Surely, now is the time of repentance. The Lord Jesus has sent his disciples into the world proclaiming the day of the Lord and the kingdom of our God. Now the pardons from God are given out. Free forgiveness for all our sins, guilt, iniquities and evil is available for all. Yes, it is for all. But for those who reject the gift, know this, they have rejected the One who won and bought that gift for them with his own blood. If they don’t want to be with Jesus for all eternity with his love and the Father’s love, there is only one other place left. That is the wasteland of the lake of fire for all eternity.

But for those who hear and receive the gift with gladness; there is love, grace, forgiveness and every good thing, most especial Jesus and our Father. Jesus has come once to give us a sign of his kingdom. The deaf heard, the blind saw, the lame leaped for joy. The outcast were brought in and the poor heard the good news. When Jesus comes again, he comes with vengeance and he will recompense those who rejected him and those who received him.

Those who received him will gain a place, Zion. Its highway is Holiness. No harm shall ever come to those who pass on that way. It will be a place of plenty and every good thing shall be found there. We who have been ransomed by the Lord who trusted in this ransom shall come on that day with singing, everlasting joy shall be upon us. We shall obtain gladness and joy and sorrow and sighing shall flee away because we shall see our God as he is and we shall be like him and we shall know what it is like to be one with our God in Christ Jesus.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant us faith in the ransom you have provided for us that we may enter into Zion on the highway of your Holiness. In your name we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 17th

#DailyDevotion If you want to live in peace, have the Fear of the Lord

December 17th

Read Is 33:1–24

Isa 33:2-4, 14-23,24 O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble. (3) At the tumultuous noise peoples flee; when you lift yourself up, nations are scattered, (4) and your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers; as locusts leap, it is leapt upon…14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has seized the godless: “Who among us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?” (15) He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking on evil, (16) he will dwell on the heights; his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him; his water will be sure.21 But there the LORD in majesty will be for us a place of broad rivers and streams, where no galley with oars can go, nor majestic ship can pass. (22) For the LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver; the LORD is our king; he will save us. (24) And no inhabitant will say, “I am sick”; the people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.

The world is pretty crazy out there. We can see that by the number of TV shows, websites, and blogs of doomsday preppers, end of the world as we know it and the like. So much is this the popular thought even Walmart has prepper food kits in the isles. That is not to say it wouldn’t be prudent to be prepared somewhat for whatever natural disasters regularly hit your area, tornadoes, ice-storms, earthquakes or hurricanes. Even normal financial advisers say you should have six months of salary in a savings account. So why wouldn’t you have a year’s supply of food in the cupboard?

Well there is being prepared and there is being afraid. The Christian, like the believers in Isaiah’s day, waited for the Lord. They expected the Lord to be gracious to them and be their arm or salvation every morning and time of trouble. We, like them, are to look to Jesus to be our stability of our days. From Jesus we are to exalt the Lord and fill the land with justice and righteousness. The Fear of the Lord is to be our treasure. The fear of the Lord is: Psa 34:13-14 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. (14) Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Pro 2:1-5 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, (2) making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; (3) yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, (4) if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, (5) then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. Pro 8:13 The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

When we are putting our trust in Jesus then we have to look forward to the fulfillment of the promises given here. When we fear the Lord we need not fear the times. We know the reward promised to all who fear, love and trust in the Lord and our Father has given us Jesus that we may know His love and care for us that we may trust Him.

Lord God, Heavenly Father, grant us your Holy Spirit that we may fear you as we ought. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 16

#DailyDevotion Need a hiding place, a shelter, a cool stream or shade? Trust in Jesus.

December 16th

Read Is 32:1–20

Isa 32:1-8 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice. (2) Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land. (3) Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed, and the ears of those who hear will give attention. (4) The heart of the hasty will understand and know, and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak distinctly. (5) The fool will no more be called noble, nor the scoundrel said to be honorable. (6) For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity, to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the LORD, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink. (7) As for the scoundrel—his devices are evil; he plans wicked schemes to ruin the poor with lying words, even when the plea of the needy is right. (8) But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands.

We have a king now who reigns in righteousness. His name is Jesus. He reigns at the right hand of the Father. He is the one who rules in justice. On the day of trouble, whether it be afflictions of the flesh, the mind or the soul, Jesus is our hiding place. As Christians we are afflicted on every side directly and indirectly, because we cannot but look at our world and not be concerned for it and its inhabitants.

The storms of doubt and uncertainty will come upon us from those who are fools and ignoble. They try many crafty tricks to get you to doubt your faith and what the Scriptures say. But if you turn to Christ and his word, he will shelter you from their attacks. They think they are smart interpreting and reading the bible like a 2nd grader not recognizing modes of speech, literary genres and the like. But if you stick with Jesus, he will enlighten your soul to the truth.

As the trials and tribulations of this world and even your own flesh cause you to be weary, Jesus in his word will be to as a streams of refreshing water and the shade of the day. Do not wallow in your misery but turn to Christ Jesus and he will refresh your soul.

In the Word of God, your eyes will see, your ears will hear, you will understand and know when your trust is in Christ Jesus. For he gives you his Holy Spirit in the word so it may benefit you. And you having been edified by his word will be able stand against the fool of this world.

The fools of this world revel in their own intelligence, their own understanding which leaves them and all who listen to them thirsty, craving and unsatisfied. What they think, believe and teach others is like shifting sands with no foundation. They like to appear to be good but they will stab you in the back if it will benefit them. Ultimately they are utterly turned inwardly. Their end will be destruction.

Lord Jesus Christ, be the king and prince of our hearts that we may stand against all those to strive against us having you as our rock, shelter and hiding place, our stream and shade on the day of trouble. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 15th

#DailyDevotion Who or What is Your Rock You Daily Depend Upon?

December 15th

Read Is 30:27—31:9

Isa 30:29 You shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart, as when one sets out to the sound of the flute to go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel. ..31:1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the LORD! (2) And yet he is wise and brings disaster; he does not call back his words, but will arise against the house of the evildoers and against the helpers of those who work iniquity….8 “And the Assyrian shall fall by a sword, not of man; and a sword, not of man, shall devour him; and he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be put to forced labor. (9) His rock shall pass away in terror, and his officers desert the standard in panic,” declares the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.

Israel and Judah is to have only One Rock. That Rock is the Lord. At this time, Judah in particular is looking to Egypt as a rock to deliver them from the Assyrians. But the Lord had told the people of Israel not to make treaties with the nations but to rely upon Him alone. God’s holy people were not to put their trust in princes or horses, they were not to look to mediums or sorcerers for help. They were to look to the Lord of Hosts from deliverance from all her enemies. They were to look the Lord for wisdom and for consultation. But they did not.

Instead they formed all sorts of alliances and looked to other gods and spiritualist for help in their troubles. God lets them know, these will not help them. Ultimately, for the sake of His name, the Lord delivers the people of Judah and Jerusalem from the hand of the Assyrians though they do not put their trust in Him. He still has plans for Judah. Our promised messiah, Jesus Christ, is to come from them. So he destroys the rock which they looked to for help. Egypt flees back to her country. Even the Assyrians after the destruction of the ten northern tribes fell by the sword as the Lord had foretold.

The question then for us today, who or what is our Rock? Who do we consult in times of trouble? Do we look to the government (princes), the military (horses and chariots), wealth, drugs, sex, rock and roll, alcohol, credit, or any other created thing? These will all fail us. They will turn on us and take control of us. Such reliances turn us into addicts of one sort of another.

Yet when we turn to the Lord our God and the Holy One of Israel, Jesus Christ, we will find our peace. Jesus Christ alone is to be our Rock in all our circumstances of life. He will give us joy in our sorrow. He promises ultimate deliverance from all our enemies. He shall guide us in all our ways so that we may sing and have gladness of heart. True we may still have to deal with all the effects of having turned away from him, but he gives us what we need to deal with it. He clears a path to restoration. Jesus grants us wisdom and intercedes for us. The problems of this world will not carry us away for he grants us strength to just stand and bear with the world on the day of trouble. On Christ the solid Rock we stand, all other ground is sinking sand.

O Lord Jesus Christ, our Rock and our Redeemer, grant us such faith in you that we turn away from relying on any created thing or person, that on the day of trouble our afflictions shall not sweep us away but instead stand solidly upon your promises. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 14th

#DailyDevotion With rest in Jesus we are saved. In quietness in trust is our strength.

December 14th

Read Is 30:15–26

Isa 30:15 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,… 18 Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (19) For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. (20) And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.

When the Lord sends the Assyrians and the Babylonians against Israel and Judah it is because they have called down the curses they pronounced before the Lord before they entered into the promised land in Deuteronomy. While in blessing, one Israelite would chase down a thousand of their enemies under the curse it is the reverse.

Yet the Lord is merciful, kind and forgiving to those who humble themselves before Him in repentance. Hence in verse fifteen it is returning to the Lord in rest that saved them, quietness and trust is their strength. Such are the qualities of repentance and humility towards the Lord. But they would not and they were destroyed, exiled and the like.

But the Lord calls out to all nations now to be joined with Abraham’s children and become Abraham’s children through the same. We are called to return to the Lord our God Jesus Christ. We are to repent our of sins by admitting our guilt and rest in the work of Christ Jesus on the cross. We are not to exercise ourselves in trying to win our redemption from God but instead in quietness and trust the faith of Jesus Christ shall be our strength for all our strength and works have failed. They can never quiet our consciences and hearts before the Almighty.

The Lord’s people, Christians, though we may cry out in adversity for the day, while we eat the bread of adversity and drink the water of affliction, we are not abandoned. Jesus hears our cries and answers us. His great mercy and kindness has already delivered us from this vale of tears. We only wait to see it with our own eyes. On the day of his, Jesus’ return God shall be gracious to us. It is his exaltation to be merciful to us. We shall be made whole. Our guilt and shame shall we carried away and seen no more. We will dwell in the presence of the Almighty, under his protection and will sin no more. No more shall sickness, disease or death afflict us. No more shall the powers of the air attack us or tempt us. There shall be no more darkness for the Father and the Lamb shall be our light, our Teacher and guide. But now we shall wait patiently with the gifts He has bestowed upon us, His Word and His sacraments, to strengthen, enlighten us and to preserve us.

Lord God, Heavenly Father, ever grant to us your Holy Spirit, that we may return to you through faith in your Son Jesus Christ, and rest in his works, in quietness, receiving strength to endure all things by the works of the cross and the resurrection until such time as you exalt yourself in graciousness and mercy at the time of the revealing of Christ a second time on the day of his coming. In Jesus’ name. Amen.