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Lord, make me easy to work with today. Help me so to do my work that I don’t make it harder for others. Grant that I may not shirk, slack or dodge responsibility. Show me how to appreciate what others do, and the struggles they have. Let me give it my best shot all day. In Christ. AMEN
Lord, control my thoughts today. If I feel I am getting angry, help me to restrain myself. If I feel envious of others, make me thankful for what I have and who I am. If I am tempted to do wrong, hold my impulses in check. Direct me to be positive and creative. In Christ I ask it. AMEN
I pray today Lord, for those who are overworked and feel crushed by the strain and pressure. Give them extra strength with which to cope and the satisfaction of knowing that they have struggled and overcome. Grant that their efforts may be appreciated. I pray in Christ’s name. AMEN
“These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites”.
Ex 19:6 NIV
There are events which become highly significant in view of subsequent happenings. The departure of the Pilgrim Fathers for America was such an event. So was the French Revolution. And when Hitler marched into Poland in the September of 1939 it marked the start of the bloodiest war of all time. The dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 signalled a new era for the human race.
When the Israelites left Egypt, trekked to Israel, and camped at Sinai along the way it signalled a supreme moment in human history. Here God called to Moses on the mountain and showed his glory. The great leader, Moses, became the intermediary between God and his people and they entered into a covenant together. It came from God’s great love for them and his desire for them to become his ambassadors to the whole human race. He designed the moment. He commanded Moses. He gave them the torah (or law) and in doing so bound himself to them for all time. And he appointed Moses to be his spokesperson and mouthpiece to them. The moral laws were not of Moses’ composition although they are often referred to as “the law of Moses”.
It is one small aspect of the miracle of grace that God entrusts his message to frail human beings. When he came in Jesus, Christ left his message with the frail human beings who were his disciples, and to St Paul who had still to be claimed and converted from enmity against Christ and turned into the greatest apostle of all time. Still today he speaks through his servants. Make sure you hear when he uses them.
Lord, speak for your servant is listening.
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