AM Psalm , 121, 122, 123; PM Psalm 124, 125, 126, 
Exodus 5:1-6:1; 1 Corinthians 14:20-33a,39-40; Mark 9:42-50
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.
- Psalm 122:8-9 (NIV)
Even during the darkest of times, when I feel depleted and have nothing to share with others, I can always pray a blessing of peace and wellness upon those around me. I can aspire not only to pray for those I care for most, but also to do as Jesus taught and extend my circle to include my “neighbor.” I don’t need to ask who exactly my neighbor is because I can pray for the health, well-being, and prosperity of all those around me, even if they are strangers.
Seeking justice, loving mercy, walking humbly, and praying for peace are all meant for the benefit of others, not just me. These are things I can freely share even if I live in poverty or struggle with depression. Each of us can make this world a better place by treating those we know and love with kindness and mercy, and to also extend this kindness to those who seem vastly different or even undeserving. No one is beyond the love and grace of God.
- April Muegge