Collect Meditations for the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany 2017 Part I

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Meditate upon how God governs all things in heaven and earth in relation to your life. When things are rocky, He is in control. When things are going well, He is in control. When things are in between the two, He is in control. Yet, sometimes we fall prone to spiritual amnesia in this area of life, thinking that human beings govern all things. We thus trade God’s governance for human-centered governance as our source of trust. Examine yourself by your demeanor when you live under a wicked ruler. Then, examine yourself by your demeanor when you live under a ruler that you find agreement. Is your demeanor more determined by an earthly ruler or by God as the governor of all things in heaven and earth? We constantly face the temptation of letting human rulers determine whether we are upset or calm, depressed or joyful. This prayer centers us back to the truth of the matter. God that rules all in His Providence determines our ultimate demeanor. God that rules all in His Providence through Jesus Christ determines our ultimate demeanor to be grateful children that love Him, that love our neighbors, and that love our enemies. Later this week we will meditate upon how we need to pray for the help to live in such a manner.