Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
Rev. Adam Hamilton joined others in suggesting that in the 20 seconds we are supposed to spend washing our hands, we could wash our hands while saying the Lord's Prayer. Those familiar words bring comfort and strength throughout our lives. We need precisely that today. If you wanted to scrub for a few more seconds, perhaps include the time you dry your hands, it takes about 35 seconds to recite the 23rd Psalm. Allow the good shepherd to guide you through the valley, to drink from the still waters, to rest in the green pastures. Do you think you have time during these days apart to memorize Psalm 23 and ponder what it means for you?
1 Samuel 15:10-21
God has high expectations for all of us, but especially for our leaders. God expects leaders to be faithful and just, trustworthy and benevolent. When Saul erects a monument to himself, we join with Samuel and wonder wherein lies his priorities. And when King Saul allows people to bring home the spoil from battle, God is angered. Saul tried to justify his actions. The best sheep and lambs were brought back to be sacrificed to God. Fair or not, God demanded one thing, and King Saul decided to deliver something else. What kinds of characteristics do you think God desires in powerful people? Can you pray for leaders who make decisions that affect people and the world?
Rules for the new life: Be honest with your neighbor. Do not let the sun go down on your anger. Do not make room for the devil. Labor for what you have. Share with the needy. Build others up. Be kind to one another. Be tenderhearted. Forgive one another, as Christ has forgiven you. We are going to come out of this wilderness time at some point. Perhaps we are learning how to live with one another in new ways. How has this time apart taught you how to live in harmony?