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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 23, 2018

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Psalm 90:17 May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.

I live in a small town with a robust arts community. Painters, woodworkers, potters, and weavers attend to their crafts, regularly showcasing their handiwork and creativity in public venues. I am amazed by how intricate and tactile their work is—the slightest finger movement completely transforms the shape of a clay vessel, holding the brush one way elicits a shadow or slightly another way creates fine detail, pressing an assortment of guitar strings creates a cacophony or sublime harmony. “Prosper the work of our hands,” prays the psalmist.

I wonder how the conscience of our culture might shift with this prayer on our lips more often? As we wash the dishes: “Prosper the work of our hands…” so that we may feed the hungry. As we do the laundry: “Prosper the work of our hands…” so that we may clothe the naked. As we prepare for the new day: “Prosper the work of our hands…” that we may greet Christ in the stranger. The work of our hands can be used to bring forth the transformative power of God—when we allow it.

MOVING FORWARD: Make a commitment to use the prayer “Prosper the work of our hands...” as part of your daily chores and housework.

PRAY for the Diocese of Eastern Kowloon (Hong Kong)

Ps 87, 90 * 136 | Numbers 13:31—14:25 | Romans 3:9-20 | Matthew 19:1-12



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