“Fling Wide the Door” (ELW 259)

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
The psalm for today invites us to pray for our
leaders, not merely for the sake of their personal
wellbeing, but more so that their leadership may
lead to the wellbeing of the people in their care. At
a time when political divisiveness is so pervasive,
it is good for all of us to remember that a failure
in leadership doesn’t only affect a distant political
party or particular person; the effects ripple
out to our most intimate communities. How we
engage with the various leaders and how those
leaders then engage the issues of the poor and
oppressed will deeply shape the health of the
overall community; when we are pitted against
one another we lose the vision and possibility of
God’s kingdom. As you walk or drive through your
neighborhood today, what prayers can you lift up
for the leaders in your area?

God who is called Lord, and Jesus who is called Prince
and King, help shape our imaginations about how
good leadership works. May we honor your leadership
by looking to you for wisdom and insight and keeping
everyone in our community in prayer even when it
seems difficult to do so. Amen.

Devotion Reproduced from 2022 Advent Devotional | Luther Seminary | Fling Wide the Door 

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Dawn Alitz ’09 Ph.D.
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