Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Honor Widows

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Into thy heritage, O God,
have Gentiles entrance made;
thy holy place they have defiled;
in heaps the city laid.
 —Psalm 79:1
Suggested tune: Detroit (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Honor widows who are really widows.
—1 Timothy 5:3
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The Lord Jesus Christ serves as the model and example for his church. He took particular note of widows. We may think of the widow in the temple with her two mites (Mark 12:41–44); the widow of Nain, whose one remaining son was restored to life (Luke 7:11–17); and the widow in the parable about persistent prayer (Luke 18:1–8). Sometimes widows were on the receiving end of injustice. It is no surprise, therefore, to hear how Christ exposed the scribes and Pharisees because some of them were exploiting widows (Mark 12:40). Additionally, the words he spoke and the actions he took regarding his own mother while he hung dying on the cross demonstrate to us how like his heavenly Father Jesus really was. He was full of understanding and compassion and, as a faithful son, acted to ensure Mary’s needs were met (John 19:26-27).
 —Austin Walker, Caring for Widows
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
You came, Lord Jesus, that all might have abundant life. Help me to share my blessings with those in need that I might be part of your holy work in this world...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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