Readings for April 23, 2020

Readings for April 23, 2020

Readings for April 23, 2020: Psalm 103, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
and prayer from common prayer.net

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, and if you must go out…wear your mask!

Psalm 103 

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and do not forget all his benefits—
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters,stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.

Prayer focus for the day

As with families, navigating these times of being at home, there are many couples who are spending more time together than ever before! This can be a really good thing and yet at times can bring challenges. Additionally, as some are needing to be isolated or working on the front lines, these can bring added stress to relationships. Pray for these marriages and relationships, for health, safety, communication and growth.

Prayer for the day*

Loving God, teach us to order the desires of our hearts according to the call to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you. Amen.

*taken from commonprayer.net

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