thinking theology

Morning
We say thank God it’s Friday, but perhaps we want to thank God for every day that grants our lives meaning and purpose.

With you, O Holy One, every day is eternity; teach us to live in and appreciate each eternal moment, a free gift of life.

Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.’ Mark 12

Gracious God who gives us life and a global garden in which to live, today may we notice and value that which is small as much as that which is large. May we appreciate the hidden treasures of the ordinary. Amen

Noon
‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then Jesus took a little child and put him/her among them; and taking her/him in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’ Mark 6

It is not by power or achievement that we serve, but through the compassion of our hearts. In the middle of the day, let us offer our thanks for all those who work unseen and unknown, but who contribute to the common good.

Evening

It is evening, the end of another week. let us remember to fold our hands in prayer while the night birds sing their psalms and the leaves curl their leaves in repose. The evening flowers scent the night with holiness, the incense of the temple of God’s creation.

I have more on my mind to express;
I am full like the full moon.
Listen to me, my faithful children, and blossom
like a rose growing by a stream of water.
Send out fragrance like incense,
and put forth blossoms like a lily.
Scatter the fragrance, and sing a hymn of praise;
bless the Holy One for all the works of creation.
Ascribe majesty to the Divine Name
and give thanks with praise,
with songs on your lips, and with harps. . . . Sirach 39:12-16

Blessed God of peace and joy, receive our appreciation for your sheltering wings throughout this week. For all that has pleased us, thank you. For all that has troubled us, we thank you for what we learn from these struggles. For the people we have met, for the love you have given us to share, we thank you and bless your name forever. Amen

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