The Lord responded to Joshua, “Get up! Why are you lying there face down? Get up! Ritually consecrate the people and tell them this: ‘Ritually consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, because the Lord God of Israel says, “You are contaminated, O Israel! You will not be able to stand before your enemies until you remove what is contaminating you.” — Josh 7:10,13 NET
The morning drum-call on my eager ear
Thrills unforgotten yet! the morning dew
Lies yet undried along my field of noon.
But now I pause a while in what I do,
And count the bell, and tremble lest I hear
(My work untrimmed) the sunset gun too soon.
— Robert Louis Stevenson.
Life’s many changes, not Death’s changelessness.
So perfect is this moment’s passing cheer,
I needs must tremble lest it pass to less.
Thus in fickle love of life I live,
Lest fickle life me of my love deprive.
— Owen Meredith.
Almighty God, help me in these fleeting days that I may not use my time to consider and hesitate, but be positive in my desires and pursue them. Grant that I may have the strength to hold each day precious, and live it more than consistently. Amen.
Daily Prayer Guide - November 8
Public domain content taken from Leaves of Life by Margaret Bird Steinmetz.