“Every true gift that is found in your hands is there because of the Father of Light who always gives good gifts.” — Teaching of Mir Izgadda 4:3
Do we recognize a gift when we see it? Do we realize that each day that we awaken, it is a gift? Do we truly give thanks to the the Source of these and all good gifts? The Father of Greatness, referred to as the “Father of Light” in this verse, is the One which we give thanks for all that we have.
Scripture readings are linked to commentaries and study notes when available, or to the text itself.
1 April, Friday
Mar Shimon-Kephas, Sabbath Eve
Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 13
2 April, Sabbath
Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 14
Evening Reading: Teaching of Mir Izgadda 85
“You have given to us Your fellowship, not that You were in need of us, but that we are always in need of You.” — Odes of Solomon 3:9
Are we so arrogant that we think of ourselves as if God is in need of us? Does our pride stand in the way of progressing in the Light of the truth? Are we examples of the living Word of God, the holy teaching of Maran? Are we helping others to seek the fellowship of God as the source of all good and righteousness?
“You have given Your heart, Maran [Our Lord], to Your believers. Never will You be idle, nor will You be without fruits; for one hour of Your faith is more excellent than all days and years.” — Odes of Solomon 3:4,5
Do I express gratitude for the blessings that the Father of Greatness bestows upon me each day? Do I verbally or mentally express, in prayer to God, my thankfulness for those benefits He made for me yesterday, has made for me today, and promised to make for me tomorrow? Do I thank God in advance of receiving His gifts?
Have I ever thought that God was slow in fulfilling His promises? Do I, on a regular basis, set aside time to reflect on the goodness and holiness of Almighty God? Have I wasted time this year on worldly affairs such as entertainment, when I could have used that time for God instead?