William Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages” (All The World’s a Stage). Drama has three structures: setup, confrontation, and resolution. Unfortunately, life and scripture are not as clean as Drama because we only know what is written which is one-sided. It would be very nice if we could see the beginning and outcome of our decisions before we make them hopefully we’d be more careful how we conduct the affairs of our life. As terrible as it sounds, we will not always make the right decision even if we did it with the best of intentions. For this reason, I believe the ancient priests wore an ephod so that they would be reminded of who they served and who was impacted by their decisions when they were behind the curtain of the Holy of Holies. The question I want to ask you today is, “Which way will you have it ‘Father what is pleasing to you’ or ‘How in the name of all that is Holy did I get here?”?.
Readings: Ecclesiastes 3, Exodus 39, Psalm 101.
Thank you for a brand new day that I can sow the seeds you have given me. I pray for Your continual direction in my life that my words may reach a desperate world longing for peace. Our world is on a jagged edge as we are dealing with the outcome of people’s choices such as the shooting in Texas. Unfortunately, we do not know why people do what they do or the pain in their background, all we know is what they did. For this reason please help me to write the words that will minister to lives before, during, and after decisions are made. I pray for the people of the little town in Texas who are dealing with the outcome of the school shooting please send in wise counselors to help them navigate the treacherous waters. I pray for Ukraine and the war that is spilling over into various nations that Your peace will prevail. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).