Read the Bible

August 19, 2022

Morning Reading
Midday Reading
Evening Reading


Psalm 8 The Message

  God, brilliant Lord, yours is a household name.

  Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you;
    toddlers shout the songs
  That drown out enemy talk,
    and silence atheist babble.

  I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
    your handmade sky-jewelry,
  Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
    Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
  Why do you bother with us?
    Why take a second look our way?

  Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods,
    bright with Eden’s dawn light.
  You put us in charge of your handcrafted world,
    repeated to us your Genesis-charge,
  Made us lords of sheep and cattle,
    even animals out in the wild,
  Birds flying and fish swimming,
    whales singing in the ocean deeps.

  God, brilliant Lord,
    your name echoes around the world.


Midday Prayer

Eternal God,
send your Holy Spirit into our hearts,
to direct and rule us according to your will,
to comfort us in all our afflictions,
to defend us from all error,
and to lead us into all truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


John 1:29-30

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’


Hebrews 13:20-21

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.