Thursday, May 7

Opening Prayer: Heavenly Father, You drew Moses out of the reeds on the bank of the Nile River. Draw me close to you so I can know Your love like Moses did. Amen.

Read: Acts 9:20-30
Reflect: Why do you think Paul had such a difficult time in his first efforts to preach the gospel? How did Paul respond to the difficulty? How do Jesus’ words earlier in chapter 9 to Paul shape Paul’s experience in this passage?

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down!
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling;
All Thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, Thou art all compassion;
Pure, unbounded love Thou art.
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.

Breath, O breath Thy loving Spirit
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inhearit;
Let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be.
End of faith, as its Beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.

Finish then Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation,
Perfectly restored in Thee:
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Love in wonder, love, and praise.

Closing Prayer: May His Spirit dwell within you, His Word abide in you, His will guide you, His joy strengthen you as you give Him your life in loving service. Amen.

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