Storing Up Treasure for Ourselves

This meditation is based on a passage for May 9, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Luke 12:13-21

Reflection and Question: For longer than I can remember, my weekly prayer group has ended with the conclusion of a prayer adapted from Howard Thurman, “I Let Go of My Accumulations” (1951), included in Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans, edited by James Melvin Washington, Ph.D. This prayer has been strangely difficult for me to learn by heart, a sign to me of how tough it is for us to accept and live out the point Jesus is making in this story. Week after week, Thurman redirects me toward becoming “rich toward God.” How are you rich toward God

Prayer: As the sea gull lays in the wind current, So I lay myself into the spirit of God.
My dearest human relationships, My most precious dreams, I surrender to God’s care.
All that I have called my own I give back.
All my favorite things 
Which I would withhold in my storehouse From God’s fearful tyranny, I let go.
I give myself Unto Thee, O my God. Amen.