“What Is Not Lawful to Do”
Give us, O God, the right perspective on what is right and what is wrong; give us the right perspective on what is good and what is best; give us the right perspective on what is harmful and what is helpful.
Help us, O God, to care about and to practice the disciplines of our faith in ways that will contribute both to our spiritual health and to the well-being of others.
And help us, O God to care more about what hungry and hurting people need than we do about seeing them follow our rules—even if they are good rules.
“At that time Jesus went through the cornfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, ‘Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.’” (Matthew 12:1-2)