Readings for April 14, 2020

Readings for April 14, 2020

Here are your readings for the day. They come in two versions… a written form and audio form… you are invited to read or listen as best fits what you need for today. Be well, stay home, stay safe and go wash your hands.

Peace of Christ be with you today and always

Audio: Blessing for Equilibrium by John O’Donohue
Psalm 71:1-3, 15-17
1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Prayer from common prayer.net for your day

Recently, a friend reminded me of this beautiful poetry by John O’Donohue, that I share with you today.

A Blessing for Equilibrium
John O’Donohue

You are invited to read the following scriptures. Before you begin, you are invited to sit, relax, breathe in…hold…and out. What word or phrase stands out? What speaks to you…as you read, reflect and listen…take these words with you as you go through your day today.

Psalm 71:1-3, 15-17

In you, O Lord, I take refuge;
    let me never be put to shame.
 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
    incline your ear to me and save me.
Be to me a rock of refuge,
    a strong fortress, to save me,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.

My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
    of your deeds of salvation all day long,
    though their number is past my knowledge.
I will come praising the mighty deeds of the Lord God,
    I will praise your righteousness, yours alone.

O God, from my youth you have taught me,
    and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was toward you believers. As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Prayer for the day*:

Go before us, God, that we may follow in your steps. Go behind us, God, to steer us when we stray. Go beside us, God, as our strength and our joy for the journey. Amen.

*the prayer comes from commonprayer.net

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