Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Night Prayer

Lord,
it is night.

The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.

It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done;
let it be.

The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives
rest in you.

The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us,
and all who have no peace.

The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys,
new possibilities.

In your name we pray.
Amen.



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This prayer is from Night Prayer of A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa (page 184)


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Overwhelmed... God will help

Lord,
Some days are just
overwhelming.
The list to be done is long.
The list of people to call is long.
The list of needs is great.
The list of things that need attention is growing.

On days like today,
I feel overwhelmed.
Like the waters are rising, rushing
threatening to sink me.

Lord,
some days I just get frustrated and give up.
Some days I dig in my heals and fight.
Some days I cry; some days I get angry.
Yes, none of that is healthy.

Today I want to do this differently.
I want to turn to you to ask for your help.

Then I hear you saying,
"Do you remember how to eat an elephant?"
No, Lord, I don't want to eat an elephant...
"It's just a saying... take it one bite at a time."
Ok, Lord.
One small bite.

So I make a list.
I organize my list.
I ask for help from others-- delegate.
I close the door.
I set a timer for 30minutes.
I work at the list.
Today it was the simple things first.
Sometimes it is the hardest thing first.
When the timer goes off, I stand and stretch.
Then go again.
By lunch, the list has many things marked off.

Thanks, Lord.
I needed your help.
I still don't think eating an elephant would be healthy...
but I get what you mean.
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." -- Matthew 6:34 The Message

Thanks, Lord.
Amen.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Remember that You ARE God's Beloved!

Lord,
I needed to hear this today:


Remember today that you are Beloved!
Receive that!
Live into that.

Stop for a few minutes
Close your eyes
Open your hands
Take a deep breath

Breathe in Love
Breathe out fear
Breathe in Belovedness
Breathe out self doubt
Breathe in love for the unique creation you are
Breathe out comparison
Breathe in Love
Breathe out Hate of self and others
Breathe in Your Belovedness

Believe
Remember
Rest in this great Love.

You are Loved! 

“You are my Beloved, 
and on you my favor rests!” -- God


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