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I pray Lord, for people who have been seriously injured. Help the medical advisers to control the pain they feel, and to effect whatever bodily repairs may be necessary. Help them to get well soon. Enable family members to be sympathetic. I ask in Jesus Christ’s name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord, for Christian youth. Guide each one to make a complete and unreserved commitment to Jesus. Shield them when they are faced by “dark temptation’s hour”. Enable them to find the avenue of service you would have them fulfil. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for those health care workers who have to work long and demanding hours. Help them to serve their turn long after they have finished their set hours. Enable them still to be gentle with their patients even when they are tired. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
“The light of my glory will shine on you”.
Isa 60:19 GNB
Isaiah was over the moon with joy at the prospect of the exiles returning from Babylon. It meant all manner of wonderful things. But most of all it showed the glory of God, and Isaiah was determined that the honour for the event should go to God and not to the returning exiles themselves. But God himself was a God of glory and he was deemed to possess a radiance of light that shone round about him.
On top of all the other wonderful things that would accompany the exiles’ return, Isaiah prophesied that the glory of God’s light, or radiance, would shine on them. For fifty years Jerusalem had lain in darkness. It had seemed that God had abandoned her. What had gone out was the light of faith and hope in the hearts of those who had left Jerusalem for exile in Babylon and the same light had gone out from those who had been left in Jerusalem. It had seemed as if God’s glory itself had departed. Now, soon, it would be restored. That would be a source of wonder, joy and happiness. It would reaffirm God as the God of all the earth.
Foreign as the idea of glory is to modern senses, Christian disciples should do all they can to emphasize it and recapture it. For, in one sense, glory is what makes God himself special, different, unique and holy. It is something we have to imagine for it is invisible and always has been. But for the people of the Bible it was real, as real as the light of the sun.
“We’ll give him all the glory; We’ll give him all the glory, Christ the Lord”.
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