Sunday, February 8, 2015
Dear Lord, Almighty God,
I ask you to calm my soul and turn the my sorrows into joys.
Forgive me for my many sins, for hurting others,
for so many actions that I should not have done, for so many actions
that I should have done.
I am so sorry that I so easily stray from Your pathways
ending up in places that I would rather not be.
Give me the strength to forgive others who have knowingly or unknowingly hurt me.
Help me let the petty barbs go; let me hand them over to You.
Do not let me act as if I am 7 instead of 70.
Do not let me stoop to swapping silly, childish verbal blows
with those who would hurt me.
Help me to remember that it is better to save a relationship than to win an argument.
Help me to remember that my purpose is to help others.
Let me become the person You intended for me to be.
Help me to look at others as You intended them to be;
let me see You in others;
let me celebrate them, not destroy them.
Help me to empty myself of me so that I can be filled with you.
Be with those I love;
may they walk in the light of Your love, peace, and mercy;
may they know You and follow You and not be tempted
by the idols and evils of this world.
Let them understand that this world is not our home;
something better lies ahead for us all
--an eternal home with You if we will choose it.
Father, help me to deal with this last conflict; let me let You lead.
Give me faith to believe that You will put the pieces of broken relationships
back together in Your time, not mine.
I thank You; I praise You; I honor You; I love You.
In Christ's name I pray. Feb 8, 2015
Lord, I am such a mess some days.
I don't remember as well as I used to;
and my body certainly doesn't function as well as it once did.
I am nearing my 70th year of life which doesn't sound that old
until I look at the mirror and see my tired, wrinkled face.
I thank You for what has been a wonderful life
and praise You for all the blessings You have given me:
Presence, Strength, and Comfort each day.
Father, I love You, Your Son, and the Holy Spirit
Who remains with me to guide me, encourage me, protect me.
Help me to be the person You have created me to be.
Keep me from straying from Your shelter.
Help me to love others, to forgive others
as You have forgiven me my many sins.
Let all I say, think, and do be in accordance with Your will.
Help me to be Your hands and feet
to those in my world who have a need.
to those in my world who have a need.
Forgive me when I try to take Your place, and
... when I think I know how to do things better than You.
Forgive my many sins.
Let me be a blessing to someone today.
In Christ's name. Feb 1. 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Merciful and Mighty God,
Master Creator of the Universe,
Lover and Protector of those whom You have created.
Be with Your children who are sick, lonely, frightened,
grieving, depressed, estranged from You.
Let us feel Your comforting presence
bringing the assurance that we are not alone,
for You are not even a breath away from us,
You will always be holding us to Your bosom,
Your love will never willingly let us go.
Let us remember that You, unlike us, our friends and family,
do not break Your promises.
Lord, help us to remember
that we are not worthless in Your sight.
Instead, we are the crown of Your creation,
so important that You chose to make us in Your own image.
Help us to see ourselves as You see us,
not as the world sees us.
Give us strength to keep our concentration on You;
keep us from being influenced by the cruel words
of those who hate us.
Help us to believe in You,
to believe that You are a Loving God;
Who never rejoices in seeing our failures and inadequacies.
Assure us that we can turn to You;
share our joys and concerns with You
no matter how small or petty others think they are.
You are our loving, protecting, encouraging Abba
who has given us bounteous riches of the world
You have created for us.
You are our Abba who wants us to be all that we can be;
to do all that we can do to make our lives acceptable to You.
Thank You, Precious Father, for the goodness, the blessings
You have provided for us.
Forgive us for being hard-headed, stubborn people
who whine too much and who say "thank you" too little.
Thank you for Your goodness and mercy.
Hold us close today as we speak, travel, .
Let us stay close to You showing justice, love and mercy to others.
In Christ's name 1-27-15 (Mab)