Saturday, October 6, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 8, Genesis 23:1-20, and Luke 16:14-18
Jesus has some strong words for us today. He told the Pharisees that they thought a lot of themselves and their money, but God considers it an abomination. He then goes on to tell us that to divorce is adultery.
Divorce has been one of the hot topics in the Church, and while in some denominations it is no longer discussed, in others it is still very controversial. While we won’t get into the details of the argument, it is important to note that God gives grace and forgiveness to people who make mistakes, and we should, too.
Jesus wants us to treat each other with honor and integrity. He wants us to be careful with major life decisions, not rushing into things because they feel good or because friends or family are pushing us, but instead pausing to really look for his will in the matter. If we would simply step back and ask God first, we would save ourselves a lot of heartache and trouble. He knows us inside and out, and whenever we’re thinking of becoming partners with anyone – be it by marriage, business arrangement, or whatever else – we need to call on his wisdom to see the way forward. He may have very good reasons why we should step away. He may also smile at us and say, “What are you waiting for?”
Pray for grace for yourself and others who have made mistakes. Pray that, going forward, God will help you will remember to ask him before jumping into major life decisions. Write your own prayer.