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Daily Devotion

St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church
1675 Coates Avenue
Holbrook, NY 11741

 

Main thought:  St. Mary Magdalene was cleansed of demon possession and became one of the first witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus.  This beautiful psalm expresses both the mighty power of God and His great mercy.  He is high in the heavens and saved Israel in the time of Moses.  But He also has compassion on us as children and abounds in steadfast love.

Psalm 103:6–14
The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
    he remembers that we are dust.

Prayer
Father of light, we praise You because You forgive iniquity and do not reward us according to our sins.  What You promised to the fathers You have fulfilled in Your Son.  As the east and the west can never come together, so remove our sin far from us, that they can be accounted to us no more, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Savior.  Amen.

A Prayer for the Festival of St. Mary Magdalene
Almighty God, Your Son, Jesus Christ, restored Mary Magdalene to health and called her to be the first witness of His resurrection. Heal us from all our infirmities, and call us to know You in the power of Your Son’s unending life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


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