Glory to God

by Beth A Richardson on May 14, 2012 · 3 comments

Word of Life mural

Monday, May 14. In Psalm 1 those who delight in the law of the Lord are compared to trees planted by streams of water. What kind of tree would you be?

How would you show glory to God?

Words from The Word: Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not . . . join those who have no use for God. Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord. -Psalm 1:1-2, GNT

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Hear and pray the words from John 17:6-10.

Pray for: the people and countries of Kenya and Tanzania.

Spiritual Tools: Journey alongside the Clearness Committee with the practice of Making Decisions.


GOD KNOWS US and calls us by name. We are not strangers or aliens to God. We are each and all God’s beloved. We have as our lover the Creator and Master of all that exists. The One who calls us beloved is also the one who know us so intimately and well that even the number of hairs on our head is known.

-Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job
A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God

From pp. 95-96 of A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God by Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job. Copyright © 2003 by Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of Upper Room Books.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, as I await your coming, fill me with both stillness and action. Amen.

Art Credit: Millard Sheets – Word of Life mural, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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Buzz May 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

For me the more poignant question is “How DO I show glory to God?”

The answer, for me, seemed to meander around for awhile at first. I was tempted to expound on a laundry list of things I do “for God”. But, that answer soon became insufficient. Back to the drawing board. Actually, the answer is simple. I show glory to God when I love others the way Jesus loves me. (That’s not easy? Sometimes it’s not easy. No one ever told us that to walk in The Way of Christ would be easy. But, then, things worth doing are not easy to do. That’s where their worth comes from.)

Buzz May 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm


Most Loving God,
We rejoice with the peoples of Kenya and Tanzania over the many blessings You have given.
We ask for all basic needs to be filled for Kenya and Tanzania — for rain, for clean ground, for nourishing food, for effective medical care, for stable governments to provide safety and education — for all peoples.
In Jesus’ name we pray.

Molly May 15, 2012 at 1:02 am

I love this picture of trees planted by streams of water. It has encouraged me many times.
What kind of tree? I’m not sure. Something that has rich green foliage, branches to lift in prayer, seasonal flowers to bring joy and color to the world, enough height to cast some shade for weary folk to enjoy on a hot day, roots deep into the water table for supply of all nutrients. I praise God that he desires this for us all.

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