9.22.2009

a prayer for the prosperous

I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on men: God gives a man wealth, possessions and honor, so that he lacks nothing his heart desires, but God does not enable him to enjoy them, and a stranger enjoys them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil. (Eccl 6:1–2 NIV)

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess 5:16–18 NIV)

Father, may we not suffer this grievous epidemic. We are among the most prosperous. We are among the most unhappy. We have everything without the capacity to enjoy them. All things are gifts to give thanks, but we can only see them as rights to demand. Our desire is never satisfied. We can do nothing except covet. Our neighbor is our competition, and you are a bother. Forgive us, Father. Give us the eyes to see all things as gifts. May we be thankful people with the capacity to enjoy what is given. Amen.

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