It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Daily Prayer, Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Accept my offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach me your ordinances (Psalm 119:109)

Invitatory Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into the Lord’s presence with singing.

We know that you are God.
It is you that made us, and we are yours.
we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.

We enter your gates with thanksgiving,
and your courts with priase.
We give thanks to you, bless your name.
For you, O Lord, are good;
your steadfast love endures forever,
and your faithfulness to all generations.

Psalms 71, 72

Daily Lectionary Reading, Genesis 25:19-34
19 These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son. Abraham became the father of Isaac. 20 Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean and the sister of Laban the Aramean, from Paddan-aram. 21 Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, since she was unable to have children. The LORD was moved by his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 But the boys pushed against each other inside of her, and she said, “ If this is what it’s like, why did it happen to me? ”

So she went to ask the LORD . 23 And the LORD said to her,

“ Two nations are in your womb;
two different peoples will emerge from your body.
One people will be stronger
than the other;
the older will serve the younger. ”
24 When she reached the end of her pregnancy, she discovered that she had twins. 25 The first came out red all over, clothed with hair, and she named him Esau. 26 Immediately afterward, his brother came out gripping Esau’s heel, and she named him Jacob. Isaac was 60 years old when they were born.

27 When the young men grew up, Esau became an outdoorsman who knew how to hunt, and Jacob became a quiet man who stayed at home. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 Once when Jacob was boiling stew, Esau came in from the field hungry 30 and said to Jacob, “ I’m starving! Let me devour some of this red stuff. ” That’s why his name is Edom.

31 Jacob said, “ Sell me your birthright today. ”

32 Esau said, “ Since I’m going to die anyway, what good is my birthright to me? ”

33 Jacob said, “ Give me your word today. ” And he did. He sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 So Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew. He ate, drank, got up, and left, showing just how little he thought of his birthright. [Common English Bible]

Prayer for Today:
You provide us with gifts and with choices. We can readily see our own needs, but we need your prompting to recognize the needs of others. Help us to live up to the obligations that your gifts entail. Amen.

Lectio Divina:
I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word. (Psalm 105:107).

Midday Psalm 119:105-112

Psalm 104

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