Something to think about
In the current climate, it is quite easy to assume that those in high positions are beyond hope. Scandal and corruption involving powerful figures is regularly in the news.
It is the same around the world. When we think about the victims in war-torn countries, we judge the leaders who cause the problems.
Yet Paul urges Timothy to pray for them, even give thanks for them. It seems hard nowadays, doesn’t it? How often do we actually think about the high and mighty as human beings? How can we challenge wrongdoing without casting those in power as beyond hope? We don't have to accept wrongdoing but perhaps we too easily give up on some powerful figures.
Something to pray
While remembering the powerful, pray this slightly adapted prayer of Alcuin of York (735-804CE).
Eternal light, shine into their hearts,
eternal goodness, deliver them from evil,
eternal power, be their support,
eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of their ignorance,
eternal pity, have mercy upon them.