Seeking God's Face is a daily, contemplative devotional — rooted in the ancient traditions of the Divine Office and "lectio divina" — guiding you to renewed communion with God through sacred Scripture and universal prayer.

July 26, 2022

— Ordinary Time • Week 8 • Day 3

Invitation Zechariah 9:16-17a

"The Lord their God will save his people on that day as a shepherd saves his flock. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. How attractive and beautiful they will be!"

Quiet

Bible Song Psalm 14

The fool says in his heart,
"There is no God."

They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven
on all mankind

to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.

All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.

Do all these evildoers know nothing?

They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on the Lord.

But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.

You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is their refuge.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Bible Reading Revelation 7:9-14

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:

"Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."

All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:

"Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!"

Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes — who are they, and where did they come from?"

I answered, "Sir, you know."

Quiet

Dwelling

Read again slowly ... find a word or phrase that catches your eye or moves your heart ... slowly repeat it ... pray your thoughts, desires, needs, and feelings from your meditation ... enjoy the presence of your Lord and Savior.

Free Prayer

  • for a love of and commitment to the communities in which God has placed us
  • for God to equip us to serve in uniquely Christian ways in the public arena
  • for those who work in the trades

Prayer WLC 86

Reigning Lamb, I thank you for the promise that those who have died in you are not lost but live in your presence and behold your face. May my whole life be as fully devoted to you as those saints who live forever in your presence. May my poor worship find its focus and fulfillment in the worship of the saints and angels in heaven. To you be glory forever, amen.

Blessing 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

"May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it."