Thoughts for the Day

Wednesday, 20th May 2020: Families

Psalm 133 Families Prayer

Reading : Psalm 133

Family hands

How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
life for evermore.

(New Revised Standard Version)


Not all of us are living with our families at present, but some are, in situations not at all normal. Children can't go to school, many adults can't work, and there can be little opportunity to get out. Being constrained in small houses or flats, often without gardens or open space can be difficult, no matter how much you love your family. All this, of course, without the worry over jobs or finances. The world has been concentrating on health-workers and those who live alone, but today we spare a thought for those who live in a family.

Our reading is a short Psalm, just concentrating on the blessings of family life, but notice the word "unity". Family life can indeed be a blessing when the family are united, but many families are fragmented and living under increased tension during this pandemic.

We need to spare a thought and some time in prayer for all who are struggling to get on with their family.

Wednesday 20th May, follow up thoughts


Lord God,
we pray for all who are living in
difficult circumstances at this time particularly
those forced into closeness with different age groups,
that have different needs and different worries.
We ask that this time will be a time to
draw together, rather than separate from one another,
and that they will find strength from each other.

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