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Today’s texts offer instruction and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the “unhappy business” of life. Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed. We who have died with Christ in holy baptism have also been raised with him and are encouraged to elevate our thinking, seeking the “things that are above.” To that end we seek the sustenance of the Lord’s supper and the encouragement of God’s word.

PRAYER:

Benevolent God, you are the source, the guide, and the goal of our lives. Teach us to love what is worth loving, to reject what is offensive to you, and to treasure what is precious in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

READINGS:

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23
Psalm 49:1-12
Colossians 3:1-11
Luke 12:13-21

MondayEcclesiastes 2:1-17
Colossians 3:18-4:1
Psalm 127
TuesdayEcclesiastes 3:16-4:8
Colossians 4:2-6
Psalm 127
WednesdayEcclesiastes 12:1-8, 13-
14
Luke 12:22-31
Psalm 127
ThursdayJob 21:1-16
Romans 9:1-9
Psalm 33:12-22
FridayEcclesiastes 6:1-6
Acts 7:1-8
Psalm 33:12-22
SaturdayGenesis 11:27-32
Matthew 6:19-24
Psalm 33:12-22