March 18th

3rd Saturday of Lent

Day 16

We are to keep them [the Ten Commandments] incessantly before our eyes and constantly in our memory and to practice them in all our works and ways. Each of us is to make them a matter of daily practice in all circumstances, in all activities and dealings, as if they were written everywhere we look, even wherever we go or wherever we stand. Thus, both for ourselves at home and abroad among our neighbors, we will find occasion enough to practice the Ten Commandments, and no one needs search far for them.


Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, And you shall write them on the doorpost of your house and your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9


Living the Ten Commandments is not always an easy thing to do.  Most of us can remember a time when we broke one of them and the guilt that accompanied that action.  For me, it was that tube of lipstick that my friends challenged me to steal back in 1958.  The long walk back to the store with my mother to return it and still pay for was a nightmare that continues even today.

The words of Martin Luther encourage us to keep the Ten Commandments in our memory and on our hearts.  We should live by them incessantly.  We should practice them daily and they should be written everywhere we look.

Everywhere we look?  I can recall two places where I see them: 1) on a poster in Classroom 10 and the Downstairs Fellowship Hall; and 2) on the mugs at Calumet – “Remember the Seventh Commandment.” 

Where else could we write them? We had a little brainstorming session at Dinnerbelles on Thursday night and came up with the following: on a bumper sticker, in a needlepoint design, on the bathroom mirror, on a tee shirt, on a tattoo and on our hearts.  Can you come up with others?

Dear Lord Jesus, teach us your ways that we may not depart from them today or forever. We pray that we might always live by the words of the Ten Commandments and that those around us may as well.  Forgive us when we fail and restore us to your grace and love daily.  Amen

Suzanne Gillam

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