Reading and Prayer – Tuesday, November 24

What a beautiful picture of ministry and Christian service Paul paints! Love, encouragement, comfort, inspiration – the hallmarks of how we are to be with one another. 

1 Thessalonians 2:7-12

Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, 8 so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. 9 Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

Prayer

You are holy, Lord, the only God,

and your deeds are wonderful.

You are strong;

You are great.

You are the Most High,

You are almighty,

You, holy Father, are

King of heaven and earth.

You are Three and One,

Lord God, all good.

You are Good, all Good, supreme Good,

Lord God, living and true.

You are love,

You are wisdom,

You are humility,

You are endurance.

You are rest,

You are peace.

You are joy and gladness.

You are justice and moderation.

You are all our riches,

And you suffice for us.

You are beauty,

You are gentleness.

You are our protector,

You are our guardian and defender,

You are courage.

You are our haven and our hope.

You are our faith,

Our great consolation.

You are our eternal life,

Great and wonderful Lord,

God Almighty,

Merciful saviour.

Amen.

(Saint) Francis of Assisi, ca. 1210