Friday, 2nd Week after Pentecost

Text: Proverbs 23:19-21; 23:29-24:2

Prayer Pointers:

To not be controlled by appetites

For those seeking and maintaining sobriety

It is hard to talk about virtue in our day. We are a long way off from that point in history that was concerned about moderating behavior in accordance with impartial, natural laws. Now we are more concerned about fulfilling our own sense of self, of being true to our most authentic self, and no rule or law can tell us otherwise.

So maybe this portion of Proverbs, with its warnings against gluttony, mean little to us. After all, we have devised lots of ways to fulfill and answer our appetites—most of them having nothing to do with food or drink! We are not a people used to being told “no,” but it seems we are less able to slake our thirst or satisfy our hungers than ever before.

A prayer book from the time of Shakespeare (The Four Birds of Noah’s Ark), in its devotion on this text, contained the following line:

Preserve us, O God, from falling into this bottomless gulf.

In this time when so much overwhelms us, the wisest course may be simply

…to stop consuming.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.