Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9
1 Hear now, O Israel, the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
5 See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the LORD my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. 6 Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” 7 What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him? 8 And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today? 9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20
12 Extol the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion, 13 for he strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your people within you.
15 He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. 16 He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.
19 He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel. 20 He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws. Praise the Lord.
Matthew 5:17-19 – The Fulfillment of the Law
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
during this Lenten season
nourish us with your Word
and unite us with others believers in love and prayer.
Help us to see what it is that divides us,
and what we can do to draw closer together.
I want all of them to be one with each other,
just as I am one with you and you are one with me.
I also want them to be one with us.
Then the people of this world will believe that you sent me.
Blessed be God, the giver of salvation, who makes us a new creation. With great confidence let us ask Him:
Lord, renew us in your Spirit.
Lord, you promised a new heaven and a new earth; renew us daily through your Spirit,
– that we may enjoy your presence today and for all eternity.
Allow us to work with you to share your salvation with the world,
– and to help our neighbors know your justice, love and peace.
Free us from all that hinders us,
– and give us joy in your gifts of grace.
Deliver us from evil,
– and from slavery to our senses, which can blind us to your goodness.
God, you love me as your own child.Amen.
May I bend my life and will toward you
so that I might accept your teaching and guidance.
I am so grateful for your support in my life.
I ask the Holy Spirit to direct my steps today.