Psalm 128:1-6 – It shall go well with you

Psalm 128:1-6

1Happy is everyone who fears the LORD,

who walks in his ways.

2You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;

you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you.

3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine

within your house;

your children will be like olive shoots

around your table.

4Thus shall the man be blessed

who fears the LORD.

5The LORD bless you from Zion.

May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem

all the days of your life.

6May you see your children’s children.

Peace be upon Israel!

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Do an Examen of your day yesterday.
  • What gave you life?
  • Notice the fruit of labor, the fruitful vine, the happiness, the prosperity, the peace.
  • What took life away from you?
  • Notice the failed harvest, the withering vine, the desolation, going through the motions, the anxiety.
  • Hold both of these before you: those things that gave you life and those things that took life away from you.
  • Invite God in these things that you hold before you.
  • Seek the fruit of the Spirit in these things that you hold in your hand:  love, joy, peace, patience, calmness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 30, 2017, the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
Psalm 128:1-6
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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About Lil Smith

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 26 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?
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