Tuesday, June 8, 2021


ISAIAH 60:17 (MSG)
I’ll install Peace to run your country,
make Righteousness your boss.

ROMANS 14:17 (CEB)
God’s kingdom isn’t about eating food and drinking but about righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

As God sees it, the things which are important involve making peace and acting with righteousness.

By nature, O God, you are joyful -- finding meaning in acts of peace and righteousness. I confess that I try to find joy in milking life for all I can get. Yes, I'm all for peace and right living -- as long as those things bring short-term benefit. Forgive me for my short-sightedness. Give me a passion for all that stirs you -- for peace-making, for personal and corporate righteousness. I'm going to live in the joy of the Holy Spirit that comes as we follow Jesus, living out the things which are important to you. Amen.



The Daily Texts have been published by the Moravian Church since 1731. In 2011 I started posting these Bible verses for my spiritual formation students at Pacific Islands University. In the process of responding to the verses, I found the rhythm of looking for a common thread and writing a prayer based on that key idea to be helpful for my own soul.

The prayers are more or less modeled on the TRIP method, which is what I ask my students to do in their journaling. ~ Brad Boydston


ABP = Authorized Boydston Paraphrase -- a freestyle biblical adaptation -- somewhere between paraphrase, commentary, and sermon

CEB = Common English Bible (©2011, the Common English Bible)

CEV = Contemporary English Version (©1995, American Bible Society)

EEB = EasyEnglish Bible (©2015, MissionAssist)

ERV = Easy-To-Read Version (©2006, World Bible Translation Center)

GNT = Good News Translation (©1992, American Bible Society)

MSG = The Message (©1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson)

NCB = New Catholic Bible (©2019 by Catholic Book Publishing Corp.)

NCV = New Century Version (©2005, Thomas Nelson Inc)

NIRV = New International Reader's Version (©1996, 1998, Biblica)

NIV = New International Version (©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011, Biblica)

NLT = New Living Translation (©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, Tyndale House Foundation)

NRSV = New Revised Standard Version (© 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

NTE = New Testament for Everyone (©2011 Nicolas Thomas Wright.)

Blog Archive