Sunday, February 8, 2015

Turn my Sorrows into Joys

Dear Lord, Almighty God, 
You who are able to calm the troubled seas and turn water into wine, 
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

Getting Older

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: 
     family, friends, shelter, food, assurance of Your Love, 
          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.  
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