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Lord, I ask today that you will help me to forgive other people who have hurt me. Forgive me for harbouring the resentments I still feel and for dwelling on the desire to get even with them. Help me to put it all behind me and to move on. Thank you Jesus. I ask it in your name. AMEN
Lord, this is your day – the day of worship, joy and celebration of your resurrection. Through the worship of your people throughout the globe build up your disciples in faith, increase their love for you and each other and strengthen their hold on you. I ask this in Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, forgive me for the nasty habit I have got into of looking down on other people – those who are poorer than I am, those who have other views on life, those of other races and religions. Help me to think more positively and to treat them as your children. In Christ’s name I ask. AMEN
“When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai”.
Ex 24:15, 16 NIV
Today the word glory is occasionally used to describe the temporary adulation, praise and attention accorded to sports and movie stars when they have accomplished some big win or other achievement.
In the Bible it is used to denote the discernible presence of God. At Sinai, where God communicated his commandments to his people and cemented his covenant with them, clearly God was present in all these doings. But mountains are frequently covered in cloud and the Israelites knew that the cloud was hiding the presence of God and was therefore a visible sign of his glory or radiant brightness. The repeated communication between Moses and God and the presence there of the cloud meant that the whole series of meetings was shrouded in mystery, but also that God was very much there and very active. In a desert place, frequently indicative of hardship and lostness, the repeated presence of the glory of God was a strong reassurance of his unfailing determination to accompany them and relate to them. This presence and this sense of God’s glory was evidence of his grace – he took the initiative to accompany them, guide them, provide for them and finally to bring them to the Promised Land.
It is not easy to consciously discern the presence or glory of God in the modern world, but some natural features may generate the sense of awe that can suggest it to us – mountain grandeur, huge dams retaining vast quantities of water, sunsets and dawns. Christian believers will do well to capture and rejoice in the sense of the glory of God in such features.
Lord, help me to glimpse your glory in my world.
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