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I pray today, Lord, for farm workers. Build up their bodily strength so that they can cope with the heavy loads they have to carry. Help them to appreciate being able to work in the open air and to work close to nature. Reward them for their hard labour. I ask in Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord, I pray today for people who want to work but can’t find employment, who stand or sit at street corners hoping for some casual job. Grant that people may have pity on them and give them work with food and wages. Help them not to despair. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
Lord God, let this day be filled with joy for your church. Let there be echoes of the resurrection of Jesus and may his risen presence dominate every gathering for worship. May he claim new disciples wherever the gospel is proclaimed. I ask it in Christ’s holy name – AMEN.
“I will bring burnt-offerings to your house; I will offer you what I promised. I will give you what I said I would when I was in trouble”.
Ps 66:13, 14 GNB
Mature people soon discover that life is not one long ball. There are mountain tops and what joyous times they can be. They interpret the whole of life and we see things in large perspective when we are in the middle of an “up”. But there are lows as well and wise is the person who quickly learns that the ups and downs usually alternate, or at least balance each other. The clouds may be threatening now, but in a few months’ time they will have disappeared, and the sun will come peeping through. Then once more life will seem to be worthwhile.
The psalmist had been in a bad situation some time earlier. We do not know what form that bad patch took. Obviously in his trouble he turned and prayed to God for help and rescue. It sounds as if he tried “bargaining” with God. “Lord, if you will get this demon off my back, I will come and bring sacrifices to you, and serve you evermore”. Many people do this kind of thing. Some fulfil their promises. Plenty don’t. Some spiritual guides advise that it is not a good thing to do. But God has many ways of working and he doesn’t necessarily work in exactly the same way with everybody.
The psalmist however was true to his word. When he was again on a mountain-top he remembered the commitment he had made when he had been in the valley. Don’t be thrown by the bad times and don’t stay in the valleys. Be ready to glorify God for the whole of life.
Lord be with me in the highs and in the lows.
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