Thursday, December 13, 2018

One life's impact

Lord  Jesus,
this year I have been reflecting
on the impact one life can make.

I'm mindful of your life
and how the world has changed
because of your coming.
The poem, One Solitary Life by James Allan Francis,
says it so well.

But this year 
I have been thinking 
about another life -- my life.

Lord Jesus,
I certainly don't even begin to think 
I'll have the same 
world-changing impact that you have had.

But I wonder:
In what way has my life today
made a positive difference in the life of another?
One life touching one life for Your sake.

That's my prayer this Christmas.
As I seek to follow the Christ of Christmas,
may my life today 
make a positive difference 
in one other life.

May it be so 
by your grace today.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Closing my Eyes to See

maybe I'm just tired today.
Maybe I've looked at the computer screen too long.
My eyes hurt.

They hurt from seeing others in pain.
They hurt from writing emails, working on details, trying to get it all done.
They hurt from days of rain and little sun.

So I'm going to close my eyes.
Maybe it's rest.
Maybe it's prayer.
Maybe it's blocking out the world for a little while.
Maybe it's trying to refocus on what matters.

I'm going to close my eyes,
so that I can see clearly.
Maybe it's dreaming.
Maybe it's listening.
Maybe it's centering on you.

I'm going to close my eyes
to see what you want to show me.