Daily Worship

The Rhythm of Blessedness

March 01, 2018 2
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Jeremiah 17: 5-10

5 Thus says the Lord:
Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals
    and make mere flesh their strength,
    whose hearts turn away from the Lord.
6 They shall be like a shrub in the desert,
    and shall not see when relief comes.
They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,
    in an uninhabited salt land.

7 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
    whose trust is the Lord.
8 They shall be like a tree planted by water,
    sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
    and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
    and it does not cease to bear fruit.

9 The heart is devious above all else;
    it is perverse—
    who can understand it?
10 I the Lord test the mind
    and search the heart,
to give to all according to their ways,
    according to the fruit of their doings.

The prophet in a matter of fact way spells out the consequences of ignoring the maker’s instructions. He is not saying that difficulties will never come to those who seek to obey God. He is suggesting that being rooted and planted in the will of God is like being sustained and strengthened in times of trouble and difficulty. The rhythm of blessedness comes from keeping good company. Knowing all will be well because God has the last word. It is this that sustains us. Knowing this is the key to understanding the rhythm of blessing.

We pray with the faithful who feel hard pressed

For those who feel they’ve seldom been blessed

Let heaven touch earth and give them rest 


We pray with those who speak out for peace

The children whose voices are counted the least

Let heaven touch earth and give them their say


We pray with the lonely, despised, and confused

Walking a road they didn’t choose

May heaven touch earth and grant them courage


We pray with all who need sanctuary and food

For those struggling to keep on the road 

May heaven touch earth and grant them strength.

Lent Legacy 2021 Action

Day Fourteen

Thank those who serve you. The shop assistant, the bus driver, the waitress, etc

Alternative - thank God for those who serve others.