Daily Reading and Prayer – Monday, August 31

Proverbs 18 – Selected verses – and verse 2 seems makes me think the writer of Proverbs has been watching 21st Century TV!

1 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.

2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions.

13 To answer before listening—
that is folly and shame.

22 He who finds a wife finds what is good
and receives favor from the Lord.

24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Prayer (from the August 30 Worship Service)

Father, we give you thanks.
In a world lacking direction, in your calling we find purpose.
In a world of strident hatred, in your grace we find love.
In a world of rejection, in your family we are kept.
In a world of accusation and recrimination, in your Son we find mercy.
In a world of turmoil, in your presence we find peace.
Father, we give you thanks.

May our thanksgiving extend beyond this moment of time,
And be a daily practice, a daily discipline,
A habit formed of gratitude, and a source of contentment and grace.
May our thanksgiving cause us to reach out to others
With words and deeds of love and forgiveness, kindness and support,
And so inspire in them gratitude for all your gifts,
And a new appreciation of the life with which you have blessed us all.

There are, Father, so many for whom we pray.
The news brings us stories of racial and societal unrest,
Of governments unfaithful to the truth,
Of law enforcement failing in their responsibilities,
Of the curtailment of basic human rights and dignities.
May those in all positions of leadership renew and in some cases begin
a commitment to justice and peace for all,
And a respect for all people as equally worthy
of fair treatment before the law
and deserving of shelter, sustenance, opportunity, and care.

We pray too for those who are suffering as a result of our
Increasingly volatile weather and ever more fragile environment.
May those displaced by storm, flooding, fire and drought find relief.
May those suffering hunger, in a world of great plenty, find food,
And may we who have resources far beyond our need
share with those who have little or none.

We pray, Father, for those who are ill in body or in mind.
For those whose maladies are apparent, and for those unseen.
Bring healing, hope and comfort to the ailing
And to their families.
Take special care, we pray, of the very young, the very old,
the lonely, the frightened, the grieving, and the distraught.
We lift them, and our many other concerns and needs,
before you in silent prayer.

Mercy, peace and love to all we pray,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, now and forevermore,
Amen.