Daily Office Readings for Thursday of Proper 28: Year 2
Morning, Psalm 105:1to22; Evening, Psalm 105:23 to 45.
Malachi 2:1to16; James 4:13to5:6; Luke 17:20to37:
Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.’ Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.” (James 4:13 to 16)
None of us know what tomorrow will bring. The best we can do is to live the best life we can for this day. By the best life I mean, to the benefit of our community, not to the enhancement of one’s self. We should never say to ourselves that “I will go and do this or that,” without praying that such an act will be done only if it is the Lord’s will. Remember the prayer, “Your kingdom come, your will be done.”
Writing this blog has changed my life and the prospect of being a traveler. I now don’t ever want to be in a place that doesn’t have a good Wi-Fi connection. I need to be able to get my next day’s blog out, if it is the Lord’s will to do so. So I am content to stay here in Raeford, North Carolina, studying the Word, learning more and more about the World Wide Church that I love, writing the Good News to all who will read it.
How about you? What is it that the Lord has blessed you to do? I have read somewhere that where your passion, and your community’s needs meet, is where God wants you to be, and what God wants you to do. Your passion, if it is a noble vocation, is your ministry. Pursue it. We are truly only here for a little while. But while we are here, we have the Lord’s work to do.
Please keep up your thoughts and prayers and hopes for Ukraine, they need us.
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, and to serve, and to teach others to live, love and serve, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John