Here I am Lord

Here I am, Lord. Is it I Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go Lord. If you need me. I will hold your people in my heart. Dan Schutte

I love this hymn. It is one of my favorites and always speaks to me. When I sing the words I can feel God calling me to do his will. Do you have a hymn or song that pulls you into the presence of God? If you do sing it often. Let the words open your heart to answer God’s call. He is calling you and me. Will we answer?

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God you call us in many different ways. Help us to heed your voice and follow. AMEN

And it was good

“People of faith do not gt much help in thinking of their ordinary, physical lives as being particularly sacred.”¬† ¬† ¬†Barbara Brown Taylor

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Do you think of yourself as being sacred? I don’t know that I ever have. The truth is we are! God created us in his own image. We are a part of the whole creation and every part of it is sacred. Each day of creation we hear the words “and it was good.” God was clear about that. Everything in creation is sacred including us. Now we just have to believe it and live it out.

God of creation, you made us in your image and said “it is good.” All that you created is sacred. Help us to live as sacred people.

 

Silence

When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing – just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park? Ralph Marston

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We are so busy all the time. Our life is spent with electronics. Phones, computers, etc. How often do we sit in silence and do absolutely nothing. God says “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

Take the time to be silent.

Patient God, you wait for us to sit in silence and wait for you and yet we seldom slow down. Help us to seek you in silence. AMEN

This moment will be gone

Why is life sped up so? Why are thing so terribly, unbearably precious that you can’t enjoy them but con only wait breathless in dread of their going? Anne Morrow Lindbergh, “Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead”

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Each day and each moment is precious. Do we recognize that? Do we stop long enough to enjoy the day, the hour, the minute? We are so busy planning for what comes next that we miss the most joyful moments. Stop and see! Look around you! This moment will never come again.

Understanding God, you see us letting precious moments pass us by. Help us to stop and see the life that is right in front of us. Show us how to appreciate when and where we are. Remind us to thank you. AMEN

Opinions

The only sin which we never forgive in each other is a difference of opinion. Ralph Waldo Emerson

opinion 2We all have our own opinions. In today’s world there are more opinions than people. Opinions are often given in very loud voices. We want to make ourselves heard. But we also need to hear. We have to respect that others may have different ideas and stop talking long enough to listen. We should be willing to listen to others and be silent enough to listen to God. Listen!

Understanding God, you created us as individuals and gave us minds to think. Help us to allow others to express their thoughts and help us to listen for yours. AMEN

Strength inwardly

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.

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Our inward selves is what guides our outward journey. If we don’t work on the inside then we don’t have the strength that we need each day. The only way to work on the inside is by prayer, scripture reading, meditation and time spent with God. Each day we need that grounding to tackle the day. Don’t skip these steps.

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God of learning, you have given us the things that we need to live each day. Help us to use them. AMEN

 

learningDon’t be afraid to learn something new. God gave us the ability to seek wisdom. We are supposed to keep leaning and growing striving to be all God wants us to be. you don’t have to agree with everything you learn. God gives us the ability to discern what is right. Don/t be afraid to test and taste new things.

Omnipotent God, you made the world and everything in it. Help us to seek wisdom and continue to learn. AMEN

 

Can we feel God?

“I struggle…..I want to feel closer to God…..maybe that feeling….that yearning is all there is, maybe that is enough.”  From the TV show Madam Secretary.

feel GodWe all yearn for closeness with God. We want to feel His presence. We wish we could feel Him holding us….and yet it is rare if ever we actually feel that way. Sometimes we have that mountaintop experience but even the disciples had to come down. Life intrudes. The thing is whether will feel it or not God is always there….always holding us. So we need to turn loose of wanting a certain feeling and just choose to know He is there. We will still yearn for Him and maybe that is enough.

Loving God, sometimes we want to feel your presence…want some assurances….want writing on the wall. Forgive us for our feelings and teach us to accept your presence whether we feel it or not. AMEN

Pray

prayerPrayer is our communication with God. Do you pray? Do I take time for prayer? How do we expect to experience God without prayer? Too often we spend time telling God our wants and needs without listening for an answer. Too often we don’t think God for the gifts we have been given. Take time for prayer but remember to thank God and LISTEN. It is in silence that God speaks.

Awful God, we forget to give you thanks and praise. We forget to listen for your voice. We forget to be silent. Help us to remember that prayer is time spent with you. AMEN

What do others see?

happinessGod did not choose for us to be unhappy. It is not a good advertisement for life lived as a Christian. Who want to join with people who go around with grump or gloomy faces. God wants us to be joyful Christians. People will want to be with you and find out what makes you able to live in this way. Be a happy Christian.

Amazing God, you want our lives to be happy and fruitful. You want the face we turn to the world to draw others to you. Help us to live this out. AMEN