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A prayer of hope for the holidays

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Christmas is hard for people who grieve. They remember other Christmases filled with memories and laughter, and grief becomes overwhelming. Or perhaps Christmas is their loneliest time, without any cherished memories, which makes it that much harder to be festive. Is Christmas hard for you? Does it make you feel hopeless? Just since December began, I've attended one funeral, watched one on television, and revised my family, whom I haven't seen since my mom died. Collectively, grief is strong and real. But I do not grieve as one without hope ( 1 Cor. 15:18-20 ). Perhaps that is why we sing the "Messiah" at Christmas. Hope began with the birth of a baby, but hope continues through Jesus' resurrection and  his predicted triumphant return. Hope culminates with the " Hallelujah Chorus ." (Turn up the volume--it's the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!) This Christmas, pray this prayer of hope. Hope dispels grief. Hope gives suffering a context and a

Thanksgiving Prayer

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Dear Lord, Provider and Protector, Thank you, Lord, for everything. Absolutely everything. All the good is from you. All the bad is something good waiting to happen. Everything in your hands is a blessing. Thank you. I love you, Lord. Amen.

What to pray after someone dies

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Lord Jesus, You personally know the pain of death. You know how afraid and sorrowful it makes us. You know that grief cuts deeply into the human soul, that it feels like there will never be an end to the heartbreak. Someone wonderful has died. You know that, too. The death of your children is beautiful to you, but it is so difficult for us. I am feeling grief for some good people who have lost a loved one. They are overwhelmed, shocked, traumatized, bereft. They feel an ache they never could have imagined. Only you can fill that gaping hole left by their loved one. Only you can pour hope and peace, ever so gradually, into their life. Only you can give them courage to live again-- to seek healing, to start over. When they're ready. I ask for your peace to fall on them right now. Erase the terror about the future. Block an regret about the past. Stop the panic about the present. I beg you, Holy Spirit, to speak words of love and comfort into the dark fearf

Thank you for the hard things

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It's Thanksgiving week! Dear Lord Provider, Remind me of something each day with week to thank you for, and not just the normal things, like family, friends, food, and health. Thank you for the hard things. I want to be thankful for my failures because you are doing something even greater in me than I can anticipate. I want to be thankful for my time--may I use it to worship you rather than worship the things I want or the attention I crave. And may I not stress about the time I don't have. I want to be thankful for the waiting--this state I keep finding myself in, when I believe you are working but I can't see what you're doing. I even want to be thankful for times of pain because you use my pain to showcase your love; you heal my pain because you love me. Thankfulness reminds me of who I am and what you do for me. It reminds me to praise you for you who are. You are grace, mercy, love, hope. You are my past, my present, and my future, my All-in-All