Posts Tagged ‘progress’

Increasing Love

March 2, 2017

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  2 Peter 1:5-8

O Lord, guide our leaders — and us as citizens — that we may pursue goodness, knowledge, self-control, godliness, and kindness in our political lives and in our communities.   Help us reach out to our neighbors, breaking down the walls of “us” and “them”.  Calm our anger and fears. Steer us from factions and petty disputes. Teach us to love. Help us live by your Spirit and find peace and prosperity together.  (Galatians 5:19-26).

Amen

The Madness of Mankind

February 21, 2010

On June 9, 1754, Samuel Finely, an Irish immigrant and Presbyterian minister preached a sermon in Philadelphia titled “The Madness of Mankind”, following the text of Ecclesiastes 9:3: “. . . The hearts of men, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.” Portions of the sermon appear in quotes below.

Lord, save us from the madness of the crowd. Save us from those that promote

Precipitant Conclusions concerning Persons, Things, or Opinions, formed without Evidence, and often in Defiance of Demonstration to the contrary

Protect us from those that behave

As if Prudence and Circumspection were mere Names, and no Power of Deliberation had ever been given[.]  They live at random, and seem to consider Right and Wrong with absolute Indifference. . . .

Help us discern your truth, especially when

Many appear to have false Views of what is advantageous, or hurtful; and draw false Inferences from Actions and Event.

Forgive us for our lack of progress O Lord, and guide us forward.

Amen.

Teach The Children Well

September 6, 2009

For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life, Pr. 6:23

It was President Kennedy who said, “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.”  As our children begin a new school year we pray for their learning, and for their future.   Help them to develop a knowledge and love of history, so they might avoid the mistakes of the past; a knowledge and respect for science, so they might be informed and make wise choices when faced with the complex issues of their day; a knowledge and understanding of numbers, so that they might not be misled by isolated statistics and projections; a knowledge, curiosity, and tolerance of other cultures, so that they might understand and value the breadth of creation; and a love of reading so that they might be life-long learners.  Let them be exposed to all of the arts, so that they may experience the joy of creativity.  May they develop the capacity to distinguish fiction from fact, and also the ability to integrate information, ideas, and values in ways that help them find direction, purpose, and meaning in their lives. Through their teachers let them learn care, compassion, and love for others; discipline and self-control; and the satisfaction of producing results through hard work.  Let our children find in their schools both mentors and counselors who understand their potential and who connect them with new ideas, people, and opportunities.  And let their schools find support in their  surrounding communities for adequate funding, fair standards, and the provision of real opportunities for all.  We say the children are our future.  Help us to invest in all of our children as if we believed it were so.   And help us make progress, O Lord.  Amen