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.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Daily Prayer, Friday, August 19, 2011

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart.
Morning Invitatory Psalm 118 O Lord, we give thanks to to you, for you are good;  your steadfast love endures forever! …. Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me? …. Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. 

Psalms 23, 25 

Daily Lectionary Reading, Exodus 2:1-10 Now a man from Levi’s household married a Levite woman. 2 The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that the baby was healthy and beautiful, so she hid him for three months. 3 When she couldn’t hide him any longer, she took a reed basket and sealed it up with black tar. She put the child in the basket and set the basket among the reeds at the riverbank. 4 The baby’s older sister stood watch nearby to see what would happen to him. 5 Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river, while her women servants walked along beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds, and she sent one of her servants to bring it to her. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child. The boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him. She said, “ This must be one of the Hebrews’ children. ” 7 Then the baby’s sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “ Would you like me to go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you? ” 8 Pharaoh’s daughter agreed, “ Yes, do that. ” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “ Take this child and nurse it for me, and I’ll pay you for your work. ” So the woman took the child and nursed it. 10 After the child had grown up, she brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her son. She named him Moses, “ because, ” she said, “ I pulled him out of the water. ” [Common English Bible] 

Today's Prayer: O Lord, we are reminded of the bravery and ability of those who were able to save the infant Moses. We ask you to strengthen our will and our ability to address the factors that increase the risk of children being born in our time: poverty, pollution, crime, lack of education, access to health care and safe, affordable housing. Amen.

Midday Psalm 119:33-40

Psalms 30, 31

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