A Spiritual Practice with Our Words
In worship this past Sunday, we heard a strong word from the letter of James about words. At the sermon’s conclusion, I issued an invitation for us to add a certain kind of daily prayer to our spiritual practices. This prayer focuses not on our own ability to control the tongue but rather surrendering our speech to God’s creative voice.
I invite you to adapt this prayer to fit your voice and context. This draws from both James 3 and Psalm 19:14.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer. May the content, timing, and tone of the words I speak this day spring from my commitment to you and the consideration of my neighbor. In the name of Jesus, who is the Word, I pray. Amen.
May your week abound with life-giving speech that you both give and receive as beloved children of God. It is a joy to serve as your pastor!
all good things to each of you,
Lectionary Texts for Sunday, September 23, 2018
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a