We only grow close to friends when we share with them. If we are unwilling to open up and let them in we will never be close. The same thing applies to God. The more we draw close to God and share our lives with him the closer we become. Don’t be afraid to share with friends and God.
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; let it be.
The night is dark. Let our fear 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
from Night Prayer in “A New Zealand Prayer Book.”
There is very little that needs saying after this. Absorb carefully each line and sleep peacefully.
Yesterday was Thanksgiving and I am still on a gratitude kick. We have a tradition for each person to say something that they are thankful for. Yesterday I asked them to name something that is not the usual routine such as family, home, love etc. I said reach out and think of something different. My granddaughter (who is a recent college graduate with a fairly new job) said she is glad that she can live at home for now and save money. I am sure her parents were happy to know that she is grateful for that. It is good to share our gratitude. Too often we don’t thank God and we don’t thank others either. Share your gratitude with others.
Grace giving God, thank you for your gift of grace and all your other gifts to us. We thank you especially for your gift of you son. Help us to thank you and others for our gifts. AMEN
Sometimes I don’t think we understand how wonderful is the grace of God. Think about it: it is freely given; we don’t have to do anything; it is always there for us. Too often we feel that we have to earn our way into heaven. We are called to be the best Christian we can but we cannot earn our way. There is no magic formula we can use. God loves us no matter what. Knowing that we are so loved should push us to follow in His ways. Remember! Grace is a gift!