Today is Sunday, May 7, 2017.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
. . . that they may know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.
But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
“Remember, O Lord, what you have wrought in us and not what we deserve;
and, as you have called me to your service,
make me worthy of your calling;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.” (The Divine Hours)
(From The President’s Devotional)
In today’s reading, “Different Ministries,” Joshua DuBois reminds us of the people whom we often forget. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 says, Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. (ESV)
Joshua reminds us of the trash collectors, those who “keep this world from overflowing with disorder.” He calls us to pray for the largely unseen people who keep the halls of our work places (and churches, I might add) sparkling and clean. The drivers, the officers, the cooks, the groundskeepers. “We are supported in a thousand different ways each day by professionals who work with dignity and excellence.” All of these jobs, all of these “ministries,” come from the same Spirit, the same Lord. Let us honor those today, by lifting them to our Father in prayer.
Father, today I pray for the people who are frequently forgotten. I pray for the workers in our world who do the jobs that no one else wants. And who, I might add, get paid very little for it. May we honor these people with the same honor we would give a doctor. I’m sitting here typing on a computer, that is powered by electricity. I never see, and seldom think about, the people who work constantly to ensure that this electricity makes it to my house. I sure grumble when it stops, though, don’t I? I thank you, this morning, for the trash collectors, the janitors, the professional drivers who deliver my Amazon packages, the cooks, the people who mow yards and maintain lawns, the people who work on our streets . . . all of these and more. May you bring blessing to the lives of these and their families today.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Grace and peace, friends.