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!
As you read or listen, you are invited to breathe in … and out. Settle in and listen to God’s Word. Reminding yourself that you are in God’s presence, if there is a word or phrase that speaks to you, allow yourself to dwell on it, let your heart respond to God in prayer. May your heart be nourished and grounded for today.
Psalm 84:1-3, 10, 12
How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than live in the tents of wickedness.
O Lord of hosts,
happy is everyone who trusts in you.
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”
FSConnect Prayers for the Day:
Pray for the families who are at home balancing work, education and family time. Pray for the individuals who are home alone, and for the many families who are separated and not able to be together right now. Call someone from the church directory to say hello and let them know you’re thinking about them.
Prayer for the day*:
Accepting Savior, thank you for planting in my heart a love for you that is real despite my own betrayal and brokenness. Forgive me when I judge others who fail or fall in faith — replace my easy superiority with a mind and mouth that demonstrate gospel acceptance; switch my judgment to prayers of love. amen.
*Today’s prayer is taken from Canons of Dort 3/4.15 as written in Seeking God’s Face, Praying with the Bible through the Year.