Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?
Psalm 72:1-20. Here King David asks God's blessing on his son and successor, Solomon. What's my prayer today for those in authority, near and far? Am I negligent about this?
Judges 20:1-48. Thousands die to avenge one woman's death as civil war divides Israel. How do immorality and criminality among individuals threaten America with societal chaos? Prayer point for today?
Colossians 3:18 - 4:1. Related: this implies a just order in families and households is the core of societal well-being. Absent such, does America stand a chance? What's my church doing about it?
Luke 6:27-36. Who are some enemies or adversaries, near and far, that I have failed to love? Same question for Christians as a whole? Corrections I can make in thought and action starting now?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.