A Prayer for the Mean

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You and Your families are well and happy; that you have managed to relax at some point over this busy and stressful month.

Wisdom is one of those qualities that is difficult to define – because it encompasses so much – but which people generally recognise when they encounter it. What does the dictionary say about it? Wisdom, sapience, or sagacity is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight.

I see people making horrible choices all the time. They are often led into those choices so they have some kind of mitigation on their side. Still, why is wisdom so far away for so many of us? Why don’t we let the Holy Spirit into our lives more, ponder a brief while, and make informed decisions, which are undoubtedly wise?

There are mean people out there. Bad is the only way I can describe certain people. There are people out there who are violent, hateful, perverted, nasty, and blasphemous in their actions. Please pray that they will repent and start following God.

When I need to make a decision I go inside the church when it is quiet and I ask for assistance. How will the mean find such inspiration? When will their Scrooge moment occur? We can only pray for them. That their pride will come before a humbling fall. Let us hope their Damscene conversion occurs at some point soon:

1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

This week let us pray for renewal. For our leaders, for our compatriots and for our friends and family wherever they are. I wish You all a blessed week and I send You my best wishes.  Do not let the mean people get near to You. God Bless.

Dear Lord,

It is the flame of our life to worship You,
the crown and glory of our soul to adore You,
heavenly pleasure to approach You.

Give us power by Your Spirit to help us worship now,
that we may forget the world,
be brought into fullness of life,
be refreshed, comforted, blessed.

Give us knowledge of Your goodness
that we may not be over-awed by Your greatness.
Let us live wholly to our Savior,
free from distractions,
from care,
from hindrances to our walk in the narrow way.

We are pardoned through the blood of Jesus –
give us a new sense of it,
that we may live in the reality of it,
that we may always worship You
in spirit and in truth.

Amen

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