January 11 Give It Up

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Photo by Aaron Burden

 

Genesis 24:52-26:16;  Matthew 8:18-34;  Psalm 10:1-15;  Proverbs 3:7-8

“Be not wise in your own eyes;

fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

It will be healing to your flesh,

and refreshment to your bones.”

Proverbs 3:7-8

 

Give it up

Dependence on fate,

crystal balls,

horoscopes.

 

Give it up

Leaning on degrees

pedigrees

ingenuity.

 

Give it up

and turn away

from self-justifying

self–seeking

ways.

 

Jesus gave it up-

His perfect life

for mine.

By His stripes I’ve been healed.

In Him I’m whole and clean.

Thank you, Lord, from turning me from evil and giving me new life.  By the Spirit’s power and the wisdom you give, help me to live wholly dependent on you.  Thank you for all that you provide for daily life.  Above all, thank you for your means of grace in Word and Sacrament that give me strength.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

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