November 5, 2017
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
O [uc]Lord[/uc], my heart is not proud,
nor are my eyes haughty.
As I write this, a drizzly rain is falling outside, wind is lightly gusting, and children who should be in school are wandering around my house.
Wary of the weather, mindful of the possibility of violent storms, the school systems in the area canceled classes for the day. But, of course, no such storms arrived, and of course, parents all around are tearing their hair out.
I'm aggravated, but I feel for those who must make these decisions. They just can't win. If bad weather had arrived and school had been in session, they'd bear the brunt of even greater fury.
I am surrounded by people just trying to do the right thing. Sometimes we make the right decisions, sometimes the wrong ones. We correct our mistakes, try to do better and bear it all patiently, never forgetting our own limitations and our own missed calls.
Lord, may I always choose patience over pride.
- Amy Welborn
Malachi 1:14--2:2, 8-10|Psalm 131:1-3|1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13|Matthew 23:1-12