So- today is Friday the 13th and a full moon. I know that some people are freaked out by that. Some people are quite superstitious, not only about Fridays on the 13th, but about many things. My grandmother believed and taught us: killing spiders makes it rain, opening an umbrella inside or hanging a horse shoe the wrong way round brings bad luck, taking a knife from another person's hand means you will fight, an empty rocking chair rocking is a sign of death, and many other superstitions. I think my grandmother was a wise woman in various parts of her life, but I also think these superstitions are silly. No human being has that kind of control over the universe! God is in control, but doesn't operate in the "magical" way that superstitions do. We don't have to use the "right" words or have a certain prayer ritual for God to hear us and care about us. God's plans for the universe will be fulfilled regardless of what we do or don't do. God loves each of us and has plans for our well being.
God of wisdom and power, you are the almighty ruler of all things. Help us to put our trust in you, and not in the things we do or don't do, say or don't say. Help us to rest confidently in your love and help us to discern and follow your plan for our lives. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Posted by Towson United Methodist Church at 8:00 AM