Monday of Pentecost 5 – Prayer of the Week

Almighty God, in Your mercy guide the course of this world so that Your Church may joyfully serve You in godly peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

My parents were away that afternoon and evening. I do not remember where they were. I think it was at some function for the pastors of the local circuit. Only my younger brother was at home with me. We were 10 and 12 years old or so. Our house had an unimpeded view to the west, across a farmer’s field. We first noticed the quiet. The hot sultry late spring or early summer day in Missouri had been filled with the sounds of living in the country. Now a brooding silence filled the space. I looked out the western window and saw a massive thunderhead, churning with a sickly green color to it.

Having been raised in the Midwest we knew what this meant. We hurriedly gathered up some things from the yard, put them into the shed and house, and retreated to the back porch to watch was about to transpire, keeping an ear on the television set tuned to a local station. The storm that soon came upon us did not disappoint. Both my brother and I enjoyed these immensely. Soon lightning punctuated the increasing gloom and great rumbles of thunder broke the silence. This was followed by a deluge of rain, a sudden drop in temperature, hail, and wind. There was no tornado, but we knew that from the TV.

In this prayer we pray that we may joyfully serve the Lord in a godly peace and quietness. What sort of a quietness do you think is godly? Is it the pregnant quiet just before a storm breaks like my brother and I experienced? What makes a quietness a godly quiet? I think of the world hushed before almighty power, far more than the wrath of any thunderstorm. John tells us in Revelation 8 that when the seventh seal was opened, heaven was quiet for half an hour.

If God guides this world so we serve in such a quietness, does that mean we expect things to go smoothly? Or are we expecting that quietness to be the quiet which precedes the storm? What are you praying for?

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