Prayer: Our God in heaven: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we praise your name today because you alone are God, and there is no other. You are sovereign, and you orchestrate all of our days according to the counsel of your own divine will. Your wisdom is beyond our understanding, and your ways are not our ways. We confess to you our miserable existence in a world experiencing the consequences of sin and rebellion. We witness the sowing of immorality, and we experience the results it brings. Your Word tells us that these things would happen to any person or nation that rejects you as the true God of heaven and earth. Thus, we sometimes grow weary and are often anxious about what is happening. Yet, we are also comforted by your Word that tells us that the king’s heart is in your hand. Forgive us, Father, for often forgetting that no actual harm will come to your people. Though threats and violence constantly assail us, though we may face death as it has been appointed to all men, we know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We know that your Son has conquered death and the grave. Therefore, what can man do to us? Thank you, almighty God, for your comfort and grace, and thank you for preserving us to the very end. Please grant us an extra measure of your Spirit today as we pilgrim through it that we would do all to your glory we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Prov. 21:1; Is. 45:5; Rom. 11:33-36; Phil. 1:21; 2 Cor. 5:8; 1 Cor. 10:31

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