Daily Reading and Prayer – Monday, August 10

We have made our way through the Book of Psalms, and for our daily reading we have moved on to the Book of Proverbs! While each day will feature a section of a chapter, I encourage you to read the whole chapter on you own as well – there’s great stuff in Proverbs! Today, we get an introduction, from Chapter 1 – and it is a good introduction to all of Scripture!

Proverbs 1
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next. Amen.

(prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr, 1892-1971)