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Going Hand In Hand

Today's Breakfast Bible Study scripture was 2 Thessalonians 2: 13-17.  Here's the text courtesy of Eugene H. Peterson's The Message:

"Meanwhile, we've got our hands full continually thanking God for you, our good friends—so loved by God!  God picked you out as his from the very start.  Think of it: included in God's original plan of salvation by the bond of faith in the living truth.  This is the life of the Spirit he invited you to through the Message we delivered, in which you get in on the glory of our Master, Jesus Christ.  So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high.  Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter.  May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech."

Then back home, today's scripture reference and prayer from "God's Minute", a book published in 1916 that contains 365 daily prayers sixty seconds long for home worship "by the most eminent preachers and laymen in the English speaking world", set before me today these words:

God hath attended to the voice of my prayer.--Ps. 66: 19.

O Thou God of all grace, Father of mercies, the Hope of believers, Saviour of the penitent soul, hear our prayer.
Thou hast revealed Thyself in such lovely characteristics and endearing relations, that we may remove all fear, and be encouraged in all trouble. and be led  to say, "Let us draw nigh to God."
Teach us, Lord, because we know not truth of ourselves.  May we see divine things in a heavenly light, so that our minds may be informed and at the same time our hearts be sanctified.
Consecrate our whole life to Thy service and glory.  Search us, O God, and know our hearts; try us, and know our thoughts; see if there be any wicked way in us, and lead us in the way everlasting.
Accept our thanksgiving and praise for Thy generous blessing in material refreshment and spiritual strength.  Keep us under Thy guardian care so that whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, we may do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus and to the glory of God, through Christ our blessed Redeemer and Friend.  Amen.

George M. Diffenderfer, D.D.,
    Carlisle, Penna. 

I join that throng of thanksgiving for all 'workers of the vineyard' everywhere.  I add my voice to the joyous exhortation that we all continue to do such good works as the Lord has begun in us, continues with us, and ends through us.  We were indeed chosen, long before our knowing, each and every one of us, through the Word of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit, to 'stand firm' and hold these traditions.  We are called to share the glory of the Lord with others 'through word of mouth, in letters, and by our example'.  May the Lord offer inexhaustible comfort to all hearts, minds, bodies and souls everywhere.  And may we live in that sure hope through God Almighty, that all are called into his everlasting mercy and grace.