Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Heavenly Father, Loving God,
When I do not stop to enjoy the quietness
of time spent with You,
my spirit becomes troubled, restless,
filled with the world and its sinfulness.
The busy "busyness" of my days
prevent me from replenishing my spirit.
Lord, show me how to prepare my soul
so that You can feed it with healthy fruits
that will sustain holiness within me.
Pluck out the insidious, noxious weeds
of pride, jealousy, anger, self-pity, self-righteousness,
those sins of my worldly flesh
which grow so rapidly, chocking and killing
the good fruit of the spirit.
As Jesus has prepared a place for His saints in heaven,
Help me prepare my heart, my soul,
the core of my being ,
as a place for the Holy Spirit to live.
Lord, calm me when I am being difficult,
when relationships with others are prickly.
Let me feel Your presence around me
when I am feeling lost, unloved, abandoned.
Let me put my arms around others,
encourage them, affirm their importance,
celebrate them, love them instead of maligning them,
feeding off of their inadequacies,
enjoying their discomforts.
when I do not sacrifice myself for others,
when I do not love unconditionally,
when I whine instead of praising,
when I do not rejoice because I am Your child.
Forgive me when I waste money on fluff
ignoring the needs of those hurting in ways
I have never experienced.
Forgive me for becoming too involved
with petty remarks, insignificant acts, criticisms of others.
Help me discern the really important words and deeds .
Forgive me when I fail to glorify Your name,
when I do things that are not in accordance with your will.
Forgive me when I I spend too much time pondering
ways in which others disappoint me.
Let me remember the Royal Commandment
and love my neighbors as I love myself.
I know what You expect me to do,
how You expect me to behave,
but I do not always do what I am called to do.
Forgive me when I do those things I should not do,
choosing not to do those things I should.
Lord, let there be health in me let my heart be Your heart.
Work within me, use me to do Your will.
Bless me, guide me, let me love. In Christ's name.