Joy in Your Blessings [Awakening Faith]
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:24 – 25)
Lord, shed the brilliant light of your wisdom upon our darkened souls, so that we may be enlightened and serve you with renewed purity. Sunrise marks the hour for men and women to begin their toil, but prepare a dwelling in our souls for the day that will never end. Help us to know the resurrection life and let nothing distract us from the delights you offer. Teach us to find our joy in your blessings!
Lord, we have your memorial inside of us, received at your spiritual table; let us have its full reality, when all things will be made new. You give us a hint of the goodness you have prepared for us when we observe your Spirit working inside of us to make our souls beautiful.
Savior, your crucifixion marked the end of your mortal life; teach us to crucify ourselves and make way for our life in the Spirit. Use your resurrection to make our spirits great, and show us our new selves in the mirror of the sacraments.
Lord, bless our souls with the spiritual vision of you, and our bodies with your warmth and sweetness. The mortality lurking in our bodies spreads corruption through us; cleanse this corruption with the healing waters of your love. Help us come to our true city and see it now in a vision, like Moses on the mountaintop.
--Ephrem the Syrian
Awakening Faith: Daily Devotionals from the Early Church
by James Stuart Bell and Patrick J. Kelly
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