Sunday, June 9, 2024


The Third Sunday after Pentecost

JOB 31:4 (NLT)
Doesn’t God see everything I do
and every step I take?

LUKE 12:6 (CEV)
Five sparrows are sold for only a few cents, but God doesn't forget a single one of them.

Even the most insignificant of creatures are under God's watchful care—so we can count on him.

There are no little people in God's economy. How does this shape the way we relate to him? How does this shape the way we relate to the "nobodies" around us? 

God, you are both all-seeing and all-caring. What a powerful combination! Forgive me for wallowing in my self-perceived insignificance. Forgive me for treating others as though they aren't important. I pray for all who feel they are insignificant and unimportant. Help us grow in our awareness of what it means to be created in your image. Shape the way we treat creation, others, and ourselves so that we can live caring lives that acknowledge the lordship of Christ Jesus over all creation. Amen. 

Our Father in Heaven,
     we hold your name in the highest regard.
Please come and establish your reign here on earth
     so that everything that happens here will align
     with what is happening in heaven.
Give us enough food for today.
Forgive us our wrongdoing,
     and we’ll forgive those who have wronged us.
Shield us from the trials and temptations that come our way.
Lastly, we pray that you will protect us from all forms of evil. 



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.)

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