Thursday, December 13, 2018

Johnson: prayer concerning labor

Thursday, December 13, 2018
    Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304
    Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784
    For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.
    —2 Thessalonians 3:7-8 (NIV)
    O God, Who hast ordained that whatever is to be desired, should be sought by labour, and Who, by Thy blessing, bringest honest labor to good effect; look with mercy upon my studies and endeavours. Grant me, O Lord, to design only what is lawful and right, and afford me calmness of mind, and steadiness of purpose, that I may so do Thy will in this short life, as to obtain happiness in the world to come, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    ... Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), Prayers and Meditations, London: Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe, 1806, July 25, 1776, p. 124-125 (see the book)
    See also 2 Thess. 3:7-8; John 6:27; Rom. 16:12; Acts 18:1-3; 20:34; Eph. 4:28; 1 Thess. 4:11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You give Your blessing to honest labor.
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