Daily Reading and Prayer – Friday October 9

I’ve been preoccupied lately with the political situation in both Canada and the US. I can’t help but be discouraged. Bringing your opponent down rather than lifting the nation up seems to be the way of our times. These verses seem like a wise commentary on it all:

Ecclesiastes 7:20

Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,

no one who does what is right and never sins.

Ecclesiastes 7:29

This only have I found:

God created mankind upright,

but they have gone in search of many schemes.

Prayer

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom you have taught us that love is the greatest good; defend me this day against all the instincts that tempt me away from love of my fellow man. Let me put aside every sort of prejudice and bias against other people who are different from me: those who have a different gender, or skin color, or accent, or who have different ideas about politics or how to drive a car or any of the thousand other differences that drive a wedge between me and all the other people of earth.

Let me accept others for who they are. Let me know that they are your creatures, and that you love them just as you love me. Let me not be stingy with my affection or my support of others out of jealousy, or greed, or pridefulness; but look upon the work of others, and their well-being, as I look upon my own.

I am weak, Lord, and I often stumble and let myself lapse into irritation or anger at others; but through your Holy Spirit, all things are possible; and I ask that today you be with me at every moment, and fill me with the capacity for love that only your Spirit can bring to me. In the name of my Lord Christ I ask this,

Amen