May 26, 2010
For the LORD’s portion is his people . . .
Lord, we in the Anglican Communion are Your people.
He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye . . .
How many ways have You protected and provided for us, Lord! We thank You.
The LORD alone led him; no foreign god was with him. . .
We have looked to the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have abandoned Your Holy Word as our rule of life. We have given place to Mammon, Baal, Asherah, and Molech, and we are wandering in the wilderness. Have mercy, Lord. Have mercy. How long will we wander?
He nourished him with honey from the rock . . .
Your Word is sweeter than honey. Stir in the hearts of our leaders, especially Archbishop Rowan Williams, a hunger for Your Word. Amen.
May 26, 2010
Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife. (Proverbs 17:1)
Lord, let your peace rule and reign in our hearts; help our homes to be havens of peace and blessing.
A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, and will share an inheritance among the brothers. (Proverbs 17:2)
Holy Spirit, draw the youth of this diocese to Jesus and give them a heart for your ways. Anoint all those who minister to youth at the Diocesan Convention and throughout the diocese so that none of our youth causes shame.
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts. (Proverbs 17:3)
Lord Jesus, refine and purify our hearts; burn away the dross in our lives.
An evildoer gives heed to false lips; a liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. (Proverbs 17:4)
Holy Spirit, please help us repent of evil speaking and evil listening.
He who mocks the poor reproaches his maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 17:5)
Father, transform the Department of Social Services so that its people truly minister to the poor among us. Please raise up jobs for those who live in Hamilton Hill [our inner city]. Help us truly welcome everyone you send to our parish. Please help us as we pray with and for the poor in our community at the prayer table.
Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father. (Proverbs 17:6)
Holy Spirit, please guide our children in raising their children. Thank you for all our grandchildren.
Wednesday: 119:25-48; Proverbs 17:1-20; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Matthew 12:43-50
Thursday: 37:19-42; Proverbs 21:30-22:6; 1 Timothy 4:1-16; Matthew 13:24-30
Notes from the Front Line
“Great is Thy Faithfulness” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMf2ex3qsEA&feature=related