Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter – Prayer for the Week

O God, the giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

God is the giver of all that is good. That can sometimes be very difficult to see. Corrie Ten Boom recounts looking in wonder and perplexity at her sister who, in her daily prayers, thanked God for the one thing they had in the concentration camp: fleas. How could she thank God for these vermin? It was only later, after her sister died, that she realized that the fleas were important for keeping the other gift that God had given them, a single copy of the Bible. The guards were so afraid of getting infested themselves that they did not search her flea-infested barracks. Their Bible was safe, protected by a pest.

There are a great many things I struggle to think about aright. Today as I was walking home I encountered a man winding up long extension cords on the sidewalk. Curious, I stopped to talk to him. Alas, he was very angry and frustrated. He is a contractor who was remodeling a nearby house. Thieves had broken into the garage where he was keeping tools and stole them all one night. The owner would not let him claim against her insurance. His own insurance would not cover it as they were not in his truck/trailer when they were stolen. It appeared he would have to absorb a large loss. He felt betrayed by the community, his insurer, and the person who had hired him.

How should one think about that. Part of me yearns for justice. Another part of me is afraid of that part of me which wants those thieves and scoundrels to pay. I shudder sometimes to think what I would extract from such people. Would I be just or vengeful? And what of a system which has failed this fellow? He was just trying to earn a living. But he was also foolish to leave his tools like that, outside the scope of his insurance. Where is the right way?

It is a tangled mess. So, I need God’s merciful guidance and a good measure of holy inspiration. Pray for them today. God is generous. He provides.

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