Proverbs 31:10-31 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain

Proverbs 31:10-31

10A capable wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14She is like the ships of the merchant,
she brings her food from far away.
15She rises while it is still night
and provides food for her household
and tasks for her servant-girls.
16She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17She girds herself with strength,
and makes her arms strong.
18She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20She opens her hand to the poor,
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid for her household when it snows,
for all her household are clothed in crimson.
22She makes herself coverings;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is known in the city gates,
taking his seat among the elders of the land.
24She makes linen garments and sells them;
she supplies the merchant with sashes.
25Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27She looks well to the ways of her household,
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children rise up and call her happy;
her husband too, and he praises her:
29“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31Give her a share in the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the city gates.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • Whether you are giving or receiving the gifts of a wife, which characteristic in the list captures your attention today?
  • Let this characteristic flow through you.
  • What part of you needs to be loved in this way?
  • What part of you needs to be wise in this way?
  • How will you give/receive this?
  • Is there you something you need to let go to give/receive this?
  • What praise is awaiting you?
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • 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, September 23, 2018, the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Proverbs 31:10-31
Psalm 1
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. (c) 2018  The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

Proverbs 1:20-33 – I have called and you refused

Proverbs 1:20-33

20Wisdom cries out in the street;
in the squares she raises her voice.
21At the busiest corner she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
22“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
23Give heed to my reproof;
I will pour out my thoughts to you;
I will make my words known to you.
24Because I have called and you refused,
have stretched out my hand and no one heeded,
25and because you have ignored all my counsel
and would have none of my reproof,
26I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when panic strikes you,
27when panic strikes you like a storm,
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
28Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.
29Because they hated knowledge
and did not choose the fear of the LORD,
30would have none of my counsel,
and despised all my reproof,
31therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way
and be sated with their own devices.
32For waywardness kills the simple,
and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33but those who listen to me will be secure
and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • As you free yourself with the breath, open yourself to Wisdom, the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit is with you always, calling out to you, offering a hand.
  • Notice the ways the Holy Spirit accompanies you.
  • Wisdom calls again and again.
  • How is Wisdom calling you today?
  • Notice how you wish to respond and how you with to refuse.
  • What needs to change for you to respond fully?
  • Those who listen to Wisdom will be secure, will live at ease, without dread of disaster.
  • Open your ears more fully.
  • Hear Wisdom calling.
  • Respond without hesitation.
  • Wisdom will provide.
  • 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, September 16, 2018, the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19:1-14
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. (c) 2018 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

Proverbs 22 – A good name

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

1A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
and favor is better than silver or gold.
2The rich and the poor have this in common:
the LORD is the maker of them all.
8Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
and the rod of anger will fail.
9Those who are generous are blessed,
for they share their bread with the poor.
22Do not rob the poor because they are poor,
or crush the afflicted at the gate;
23for the LORD pleads their cause
and despoils of life those who despoil them.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • As you pay attention to the breath, let the names of God come to mind.
  • Inhale one name, exhale anything keeping you from God.
  • Continue this as you recall names and characteristics of God.
  • Feel the freedom in your chest as you open yourself to God.
  • Feel the lightness as you encounter freedom.
  • When you feel as free as you can be today, savor the freedom.
  • Who are the poor you will encounter today?
  • What bread (real or metaphor) do you have to share with the poor?
  • How will you share bread with the poor?
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • 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, September 9, 2018, the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 125:1-5
James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17
Mark 7:24-37

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. (c) 2018 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

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Holy Saturday: Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21;9:4b-6 – A new wisdom

During Holy Saturday, Readings and Responses will be posted on the hour from  7 am to 6 pm

Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21;9:4b-6

8:1   Does not wisdom call,
and does not understanding raise her voice?
2   On the heights, beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3   beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
4   “To you, O people, I call,
and my cry is to all that live.
5   O simple ones, learn prudence;
acquire intelligence, you who lack it.
6   Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right;
7   for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8   All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

19  My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
and my yield than choice silver.
20  I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
21  endowing with wealth those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.”

9:4b    To those without sense she says,
5   “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6   Lay aside immaturity, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Respond with Psalm 19:1-14

    1   The heavens are telling the glory of God;
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
    2   Day to day pours forth speech,
    and night to night declares knowledge.
    3   There is no speech, nor are there words;
    their voice is not heard;
    4   yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.

    In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
    5   which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
    and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
    6   Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them;
    and nothing is hidden from its heat.

    7   The law of the LORD is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
    the decrees of the LORD are sure,
    making wise the simple;

    8   the precepts of the LORD are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
    the commandment of the LORD is clear,
    enlightening the eyes;
    9   the fear of the LORD is pure,
    enduring for ever;
    the ordinances of the LORD are true
    and righteous altogether.
    10  More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
    sweeter also than honey,
    and drippings of the honeycomb.

    11  Moreover by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
    12  But who can detect their errors?
    Clear me from hidden faults.
    13  Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
    do not let them have dominion over me.
    Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

    14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable to you,
    O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

  • It is a day to remember there is always hope.
  • Listen for hope today.
  • 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 Saturday, March 31, 2018, the Great Vigil of Easter (Year B)

Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6
Psalm 19:1-14

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2018 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

Holy Saturday: Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21;9:4b-6 – A new wisdom

During Holy Saturday, Readings and Responses will be posted on the hour from  7 am to 6 pm

Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21;9:4b-6

8:1   Does not wisdom call,
and does not understanding raise her voice?
2   On the heights, beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3   beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
4   “To you, O people, I call,
and my cry is to all that live.
5   O simple ones, learn prudence;
acquire intelligence, you who lack it.
6   Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right;
7   for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8   All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

19  My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
and my yield than choice silver.
20  I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
21  endowing with wealth those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.”

9:4b    To those without sense she says,
5   “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6   Lay aside immaturity, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Respond with Psalm 19:1-14

    1   The heavens are telling the glory of God;
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
    2   Day to day pours forth speech,
    and night to night declares knowledge.
    3   There is no speech, nor are there words;
    their voice is not heard;
    4   yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.

    In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
    5   which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
    and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
    6   Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them;
    and nothing is hidden from its heat.

    7   The law of the LORD is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
    the decrees of the LORD are sure,
    making wise the simple;

    8   the precepts of the LORD are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
    the commandment of the LORD is clear,
    enlightening the eyes;
    9   the fear of the LORD is pure,
    enduring for ever;
    the ordinances of the LORD are true
    and righteous altogether.
    10  More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
    sweeter also than honey,
    and drippings of the honeycomb.

    11  Moreover by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
    12  But who can detect their errors?
    Clear me from hidden faults.
    13  Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
    do not let them have dominion over me.
    Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

    14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable to you,
    O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

  • It is a day to remember there is always hope.
  • Listen for hope today.
  • 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 Saturday, April 15, 2017, the Great Vigil of Easter (Year A)

Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6
Psalm 19:1-14

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

Proverbs 31:10-31 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain

Proverbs 31:10-31

10A capable wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14She is like the ships of the merchant,
she brings her food from far away.
15She rises while it is still night
and provides food for her household
and tasks for her servant-girls.
16She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17She girds herself with strength,
and makes her arms strong.
18She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20She opens her hand to the poor,
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid for her household when it snows,
for all her household are clothed in crimson.
22She makes herself coverings;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is known in the city gates,
taking his seat among the elders of the land.
24She makes linen garments and sells them;
she supplies the merchant with sashes.
25Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27She looks well to the ways of her household,
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children rise up and call her happy;
her husband too, and he praises her:
29“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31Give her a share in the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the city gates.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • Whether you are giving or receiving the gifts of a wife, which characteristic in the list captures your attention today?
  • Let this characteristic flow through you.
  • What part of you needs to be loved in this way?
  • What part of you needs to be wise in this way?
  • How will you give/receive this?
  • Is there you something you need to let go to give/receive this?
  • What praise is awaiting you?
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • 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, September 23, 2012, the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Proverbs 31:10-31
Psalm 1
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

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

Proverbs 1:20-33 – I have called and you refused

Proverbs 1:20-33

20Wisdom cries out in the street;
in the squares she raises her voice.
21At the busiest corner she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
22“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
23Give heed to my reproof;
I will pour out my thoughts to you;
I will make my words known to you.
24Because I have called and you refused,
have stretched out my hand and no one heeded,
25and because you have ignored all my counsel
and would have none of my reproof,
26I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when panic strikes you,
27when panic strikes you like a storm,
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
28Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.
29Because they hated knowledge
and did not choose the fear of the LORD,
30would have none of my counsel,
and despised all my reproof,
31therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way
and be sated with their own devices.
32For waywardness kills the simple,
and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33but those who listen to me will be secure
and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • As you free yourself with the breath, open yourself to Wisdom, the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit is with you always, calling out to you, offering a hand.
  • Notice the ways the Holy Spirit accompanies you.
  • Wisdom calls again and again.
  • How is Wisdom calling you today?
  • Notice how you wish to respond and how you with to refuse.
  • What needs to change for you to respond fully?
  • Those who listen to Wisdom will be secure, will live at ease, without dread of disaster.
  • Open your ears more fully.
  • Hear Wisdom calling.
  • Respond without hesitation.
  • Wisdom will provide.
  • 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, September 16, 2012, the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19:1-14
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

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

Proverbs 22 – A good name

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

1A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
and favor is better than silver or gold.
2The rich and the poor have this in common:
the LORD is the maker of them all.
8Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
and the rod of anger will fail.
9Those who are generous are blessed,
for they share their bread with the poor.
22Do not rob the poor because they are poor,
or crush the afflicted at the gate;
23for the LORD pleads their cause
and despoils of life those who despoil them.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • As you pay attention to the breath, let the names of God come to mind.
  • Inhale one name, exhale anything keeping you from God.
  • Continue this as you recall names and characteristics of God.
  • Feel the freedom in your chest as you open yourself to God.
  • Feel the lightness as you encounter freedom.
  • When you feel as free as you can be today, savor the freedom.
  • Who are the poor you will encounter today?
  • What bread (real or metaphor) do you have to share with the poor?
  • How will you share bread with the poor?
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • 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,September 9, 2012, the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 125:1-5
James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17
Mark 7:24-37

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASDJesus Wordle