Showing posts from January, 2021

Thank you for supportive people

  Lord Jesus, Thank you for sending supportive people around me. Thank you for the smiles, the compliments, the encouragement, the critiques, the celebrations,  the welcoming arms of true friends . It's hard to imagine how I'd feel your love if people weren't here on this earth showing it to me, being you, every day, even while they're being themselves. Letting your Spirit pour out through them, on me to remind me that I'm your child. I belong to you. You are guarding me, guiding me, protecting me, loving me. That's who you are. Thank you for people who are Jesus to me. What a lovely, incomprehensible concept ! Amen. "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill he law of Christ." ( Galatians 6:2 ) "Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." ( Ephesians 5:19-20 ) &

Give us sight for life

Dear Lord Jesus, You are always and exclusively a God of Life! You give life to us each day and you even gave your own life so we could live eternally the way you meant for us to live. You are too great to fathom! Give us sight to see life as you see it: to see the unborn in the womb, perfectly designed by you, to see the immigrant struggling to safeguard her family, to see a prisoner , desperate for a second chance at life, to see the abused who believes her life is meaningless, to see an addict who's given up on living, to see the elderly, longing for better days or more days,  to see the marginalized , devastated by history, to see the poor , without hope or means to sustain existence, to see those enslaved to pimps, drug lords, owners, abusers,  and yes-- to see those who believe they're free and yet are shackled by their own passions, pursuits, arrogance, and ambitions. Help us see everyone you lived and died for the way you see them. Life is a gift-- it's your gif

A Pledge and Prayer of Allegiance

In this turbulent time of political, social, and emotional unrest, I thought a prayer and pledge of allegiance might be helpful to remind ourselves where we should be aligned and why.  Loyalty and trust are important, but they reflect what we value most. They reflect what we truly worship . A prayer and pledge of allegiance I pledge allegiance to Jesus Christ and to unity of believers and t the gospel for which He died, one Church, under God, indivisible in His Spirit, with love and forgiveness for all. Oh, Lord, the King of Kings and Prince of Peace , I pledge my obedience and reverence to you alone. You have created me to love you and to love others . Keep me from spiritual distractions, from aligning myself against others, from creating enemies and judging friends, from believing that you can only work through human law. I pledge my faith to your will and your timing because you are not hampered by the decisions of men. You can use anyone. You can use me, if only I will trust you.

An American Prayer: Lament & Confession

Oh, Lord, King of heaven and earth, how you must be grieved. My heart is broken over the sins of my country and especially the Church. I can't imagine the heartbreak you have, and I can't fathom the hope and patience you also have for us when we sin. I confess the sins of my country. I confess our disunity, our rage, our insatiable desire for revenge . I confess our idolatry of wealth, class, power, fame, and self-righteousness. I confess our desire to condemn, hate, judge, blame, and kill one another. We're obsessed with our own comfort and security, to the detriment of anyone else. I confess our unflagging determination to idolize people: celebrities, politicians, millionaires, leaders of any field, as if they have the answers for life,  when You are the only one with answers. I confess our desire to win, to make teams, to align ourselves with political platforms and policies, to elevate elections, political races, and national power over loving our brothers and sisters

A lament about violence

  Oh, Lord, This is a lament about violence.  Our hearts are grieved but not surprised at the violence and encouragement toward violence that's been occurring in this country.  There is no limit to the senseless hatred and selfishness that transpires when we do not seek your kingdom first. Forgive us, Lord, for our partisanship and hatred for one another. Forgive us for our inconsistent laws and prejudiced perspectives. Forgive us for consulting political consultants instead of you. Forgive us for turning on one another because we disagree. Lord, we need to repent individually and corporately.  Restore power and order through the body of Christ. Let it spill out and influence our local and national leaders. May our churches lead the cause of compassion and restitution. Protect our law enforcement . Protect innocent bystanders. Bring perpetrators to justice. Vengeance belongs to you. We ask you to work through our justice system fairly. Give our country another chance to radiate

A prayer for anyone disillusioned with the Church

Oh, Lord, the Lover of the Church, I am part of the Bride of Christ, the Church. And we are seriously messed up right now. We are scared. We are searching. We are scattered. We are scarred. We are angry at  one another and divided from one another within the body of Christ. We are fighting disillusionment about the church, about other Christians, about our world. Lord, re-ignite my soul. I want to cling to you instead of hoping for people to change or the church to get back to "normal" or the world to get better or life to get easier. Surround me with your love and comfort because it's tempting to walk away from this big mess. It's becoming all too easy to disengage  from everything we find  uncomfortable and disconcerting. Lord, keep me from giving up on your church because of disunity . It's tempting to replace church with friend groups, TV church, and partisan network television. We read books instead of the Bible. We watch podcasts instead of meeting f