The Old Testament reading appointed for today’s Daily Prayer comes from the Book of Deuteronomy (meaning the “second law”), wherein the people of Israel are reminded that God took care of them as they wandered through the desert for 40 years:
This entire commandment that I command you today you must diligently observe, so that you may live and increase, and go in and occupy the land that the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments. He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. The clothes on your back did not wear out and your feet did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a parent disciplines a child so the Lord your God disciplines you. Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you. (Dt. 8:1-10).
God fed his people as they journeyed through the desert. God provided them with water to drink. God had more in store for them, a land of their own. You see, often times we need to be reminded that God is always at work, whether we know it or not, and whether we believe in him or not. God takes care of us, His people.
Let us pray: Most loving Father, whose will it is for us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on you who care for us: Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested to us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE MEN WHO COOKED A WONDERFUL MEAL FOR OUR MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION.
Thursday, 21 May starting at 11 AM, the Seaside Seniors will meet in Sutton Hall for food and fellowship.
ESL every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening starting at 6 PM with our ESL instructor, Jack Hawley.
Please remember everyone on our Prayer List, especially Lee, his mother who is very ill, and his entire family.
Your servant in Christ,
Fr. Chester J. Makowski+
St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550