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I've been reflecting on wisdom and foolishness after working on yesterday's homily. This morning's prayer is a revised version of a post from about a year ago.
The way of the fool seems right in his own eyes,
but he who listens to advice is wise...
- Proverbs 12
Good morning, good God!
Lord, you see everything I do
and everything I fail to do
and yet you pardon and forgive me
and call me your own...
Trusting in your mercy, then,
I dare to sit with you in prayer and ask,
"When today, Lord, will I play the fool?"
When, today, will I turn from your counsel
and do what I deem right by my own lights?
When, today, will I ignore your word
and follow advice I give myself?
When, today, will my lazy self not bother to seek
and heed the wisdom you offer
to guide my thoughts, my words, my deeds today?
It only takes a moment
for me to step away from your path and walk, instead,
the way that seems so right to me...
It takes but an instant
to tune out your voice speaking within me,
telling me what's wise, what's true..
It takes but a second
to forget what I know to be right and choose instead
what will please me and ease my day...
What a dunce am I to have in my heart
your counsel, truth and advice,
your word and law, your Spirit to guide me:
to have all this and still to play the fool
and walk a path that leads to trouble and pain...
to have in my mind the wisdom of ages
and yet to make the foolish choice,
knowing full well how one day's folly
quickly becomes my pattern, my path - my regret...
So in the shade of your mercy, Lord,
I'm bold to ask, "When today will I play the fool?"
Help me remember, Lord,
how wise you are and how foolish I can be --
and don't let me forget that
as I make choices and decisions today...
Help me see my foolish ways and choices,
help me hear my foolish words
and keep me from my foolish deeds:
give me wisdom, Lord, and strength
and the will to live by wisdom's light...
You know so well how foolish I can be, Lord,
and so I ask your pardon for my foolish ways
and pray you'll open up my heart and mind
to seeds of wisdom planted by your Spirit
deep within my soul each day...
Refresh my memory, Lord,
of what I've learned from your word
and know of your truth...
Refresh my memory, Lord,
of what I've learned from my mistakes,
of what my past has taught me...
Remind me, Lord,
of how my deepest peace has always come
from following where you lead,
wherever your path may take me...
Let me see with your eyes, Lord, let me hear within
what you would have me do
and help me find the peace that comes
from living by your wisdom and your will...
Such is my prayer this Monday morning, Lord:
help me trust that you forgive my foolish heart
and give me wisdom, deep and strong,
to light the path I walk this week...
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Posted by Concord Pastor at 11:00 PM