thinking theology

Thursday

Morning
What tools do we bring to our lives? Planting can be as simple as a hand in dirt, as modest as a trowel or as large as a steam shovel. Everyone is called to use what we have to work in the world; we are all artists and artisans, dreamers and doers, leaders and helpers. May God help us to discover the tools that we have and to use them with wisdom and joy.

Wisdom is radiant and unfading,
and she is easily discerned by those who love her,
and is found by those who seek her.
She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.
One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty,
for she will be found sitting at the gate.
To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding,
and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care,
because she goes about seeking those worthy of her,
and she graciously appears to them in their paths,
and meets them in every thought. Wisdom 6

Source of joy and hope, as I walk into this new day, surround me with your Spirit and gladden my heart with your many blessings. May I see your Beloved in all people and your Wisdom working in all things. Amen.

Noon

You, who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide within the shadow of the Almighty,
will say ‘My refuge and my safe dwelling;
my God, in whom I trust.’
For the Holy One will deliver you from
the terror of the night,
and the arrow that flies by day,
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
or the destruction that wastes at noonday. Psalm 91

At this time, we remember the silence of God when Jesus called out from the cross. Let us remember that this silence is not God’s refusal, but God’s embrace, God’s solidarity with suffering. May we not fear suffering for ourselves or turn from others in their suffering. Let us not fear broken hearts, but hardened ones.

Evening

Evening is a time of fullness when the day is complete. All of life is the inhalation and the exhalation of the Divine Breath, the Ruah of God. The world spins and dances sf thus we live. The atmosphere spreads a canopy of protection over us. Surely the creation is beloved and blessed.

If you will only obey your God, by diligently observing all the commandments that I am commanding you today, your God will set you high above all;
all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you:
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field.
Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb, the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your livestock, both the increase of your cattle and the issue of your flock.
Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading-bowl.
Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. Deuteronomy 28

God of our beginning and our end, you enclose us with blessings, even in times of trouble. We give thanks for all the blessings we have recognized this day and also for those to which we were blind. As we lie down to sleep, may we rest secure in the knowledge that you are the God of life and your desire is life in abundance for all. Amen.

Child’s Prayer
God of the moon and of the stars, be in our dreams tonight. Be in our playing and learning tomorrow. Thank you for all the good things of today. Thank you for all those we love. Help us to make tomorrow a good day for others too. Let it be so.

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