Today’s Readings for the Daily Office

Psalms 30, 32 (Morning)
Psalms 42, 43 (Evening)
Haggai 2:1-9
Rev 3:1-6
Matt 24:1-14


All the prophets have one thing in common – they listened to God, and they responded to His call. Haggai was told to speak to the governor, the high priest and all the faithful people, and he did. He tells them God wants them to … take courage Zerubbabel; take courage, Joshua; all you people of the land, take courage, for I am with you. Do not fear.

But, I do fear. I have found in my lifetime that it is easy to sing praises when my prayers have been answered, when there is a recovery from illness, a release from doubts and fears, or something I believe is ‘right and just’ succeeds. But, what about those times when those prayers are not answered?

I have been struggling since my eldest brother’s passing. Now that he is gone, I am afraid I will lose a connection with the remainder of my family, who see the world so differently than I do. Then I attended a funeral for a friend of mine. The diversity of the mourners overwhelmed me. All were welcome in her life. She seemed to have a way of finding a connection, regardless of differences. Her life was an example and a gift to so many. It gave me hope.

I am still struggling with fear, but I know it is in these times the rituals of praise and prayer can work miracles, but only if I listen and respond to God’s call.

“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.”

Written by Eileen Kelley

Eileen and her husband have been members of St. Paul’s since 2014. She is involved in the Healing Touch Ministry, and is an Acolyte and a Lay Eucharistic Minister.

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