These wise words from the founder of the Methodist movement are perfect for the way I feel this morning. Each of us have our own thoughts and opinions about the outcome of the Presidential election. And none of us have the right to condemn someone for not agreeing with us.
The will of the majority has been made known. Now it is time for all of us to do our best to support the new President in every possible way. Time will show whose opinions about the choice of our leader was more correct.
As Wesley stated, everyone of us must give an account of themselves to God. Until then, I will pray for our new leaders, pray for the safety of our nation and our planet, and pray for all those that might not agree with opinions.
Most gracious and loving God, I come to you this morning to give you praise and offer you my heartfelt thanks. I worship you and open myself to you again.
Grant me your wisdom today. Allow me to see those around me through the eyes of Jesus and to respond with both grace and compassion. Help me be a voice of peace and reconciliation amid the cacophony of mistrust, hatred and fear.
And most gracious Creator, guide me throughout this day and this week that I may always be in the center of your perfect will for my life. Help my heart to stay attuned to the still small voice of your Spirit, and give me the courage to not only listen but to obey.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit grant me the power to be a good and faithful follower throughout this week. Let me prove my discipleship by my every word and action. Help me to be faithful in all things, both great and small.
I give you all praise, worship and honor. Glory be to your Name, both now and forever. Amen
God gives food to every bird, but he does not throw it into the nest.
I love the simplicity and clear lessons we can receive from traditional wisdom and sayings. The Montenegrin proverb above is a beautiful example.
It is supposed to teach us that there is enough food for everyone, but we have to work for it. It’s not going to be dropped in our laps.
The ugly reality is that there are many poor in the United States that have come to expect that food be thrown into their nests. This due to a flawed system that creates a sense of entitlement and actually rewards creating even more little birds to feed.
But this is not true for the millions of hungry in other countries around the world. The true tragedy is that millions of our human family work from before dawn to far after dusk and yet still cannot adequately feed themselves and their children.
Hunger is real in the United States. That’s a fact. And hungry people need to be fed.
Yet we must address the system that encourages people to have more children rather than work. We must teach that honest labor is not just necessary but rewarding. Or, as the German proverb teaches us, we must learn that
God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
who has taught us that the meaning of life is to be found in putting SERVICE ABOVE SELF, we beseech thee to bless all who give themselves in the service of their fellow men and women; endue them with wisdom, patience, and courage to strengthen the weak and to raise up those who fall; that being inspired by love, they may minister to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy. In thy name we pray. – Amen
This is the invocation offered at this past week’s meeting of the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club.