Lent Daybook, 11: Famished

A Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Join me, won't you?  (see previous Lent daybook 2018 posts here)

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Carrying Empty Bowls , G.R. Iranna ( source )  H/T: 2018 Lenten Readings  blog

Carrying Empty Bowls, G.R. Iranna (source)  H/T: 2018 Lenten Readings blog

music for today: "Too Proud (Psalm 81)", Enter the Worship Circle (lyrics)


The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.”

So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.”


”You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”


”For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.

I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me.”


”And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons. He appointed the twelve...
— Genesis 41:53-57 * Psalm 56:8-11 * 1 Corinthians 4:9-16 * Mark 3:13-16a (ESV)

* Monday - Thursday Scripture readings are taken from the Book of Common Prayer (Year 2). On Fridays I'll post the Scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday which are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B).

prayer for today:

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God. {Sit in silence for a moment.}

For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.

For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.

For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.

For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.

For our pastor; and all clergy and other ministers;
For all who serve God in his Church.

Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.

For the special needs and concerns of our friends, family, and community, especially [______].

Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life. We are especially thankful for [______].

We will exalt you, O God our King;
And praise your Name forever and ever.

— Prayers of the People (Form VI), Book of Common Prayer



Spiritual practice for today:

Today, if you are physically able, find a place where you can kneel for ten minutes without interruption. During this time, your knees will ache and you will most likely feel tension in your body because of the unfamiliar position you are holding. Try to ignore any physical signs of discomfort and simply focus on quieting your mind Recite Psalm 27:14: I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (source: Simplifying the Soul)

(see all Lent daybook posts from 2017 here)