A Path to Peace, January 19

Personal prayer focus:

Jesus, help me to see you in my enemy this day.

This week’s prayer for peace:

Holy One, your servant Dr. King still speaks to those who will listen.  One of the great prophets, his words and his example continue to inspire.  As his message became more universal, challenging the status quo and the inequalities built into the system, he became more of a threat.  He preached peace in a way that we so need today.  Thank you for his beautiful life.  Amen.

Lectionary Readings: 

Matthew 3:13-17 – Jesus came to be baptized by John.  But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” As soon as Jesus was baptized, heaven was opened and a voice said “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Isaiah 49:1-7 – I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

Psalm 40:1-11 – Happy are those who make the Lord their trust.

1 Corinthians 1:1-9 – I continually thank my God for you….

Moment for Peace:

Nearly 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. said as he spoke against the Viet Nam war, “To me the relationship of this ministry to the making of peace is so obvious… Could it be that they do not know that the good news was meant for all (wo)men- for Communist and capitalist, for their children and ours, for black and white, for revolutionary and conservative?” Read “A Time to Break Silence” this week to be inspired and encouraged to do more.