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.
It is so easy to be caught in the depths of despair. It may be that we have lost someone we love, been fired from a job, gotten a terrible diagnosis or many other things. When we are down in the “valley of the shadow of death” it is easy to lose our way. We can’t see any light at all. However, there is always light. God is with us even when we can’t see it. We can hold on and know that his love is conquering the darkness and there will be light we can see.
Loving God, you have promised to be with us no matter what. Help us to trust that you are holding the light for us and we will see. AMEN
In today’s world this is even more true then when Paine wrote it. The world is so much more connected. This presents the challenge of learning to understand other cultures and other ideas. In spite of the fact that we are exposed to so much more information we can still remain in our own bubble. It is important that we make an effort to put our prejudices aside and accept that we were all created by God.
Amazing God, remind us that we are to love others as ourselves. AMEN
God definitely has a sense of humor. Just when you think that you have everything in place the whole plan falls apart. I am sure that God wants us to stay flexible and follow His plan. Sometimes it is not the plan that we had in mind or even wanted to follow. When things hit us like a pie in the face we have to maintain a sense of humor. We have to be able to laugh at ourselves, wipe the pie off our faces and follow God.
Loving God, I am sure that you laugh at us a lot but hope that we can get up and do your will. Help us to learn to move ourselves out of the way and follow you.
Our actions can make a difference. I met someone I hadn’t seen in years and hardly remembered. The person greeted me with great warmth and told me that I changed her life! I didn’t remember anything about this. I had no idea what I had done but she did. We can make the difference in someone’s life…..mostly by love. God has called us to love one another. We may never know the result of our interaction….but God does. And we might know someday… but we may not. Be aware every day that you may be the difference!
Loving God, you have called to reach out in love. Help us to take those opportunities seriously and reach out to others.
Each day we meet people whether at our job, walking on the street or maybe even on the phone. We never know what is going on in the lives of the people we meet. Even when talking to someone on the phone we can smile. You can hear it in a voice. Smile as you pass people on the street. You may be the only person who acknowledged their existence today. You have no idea what that simple gesture can mean.
Merciful God, forgive us for not passing on the love that you have shown us. Help us to smile at others and wish them the best. Amen
It seems to me that the striving for power in this world is one of the greatest evils. The need to feel yourself more powerful than someone else is addicting. The thing is God calls us to be servants. Servants are not the people in charge. If we love others we do not wish to feel more important than them. We want to uphold them and help them to be the best they can be. Remember that we are called to love.
Forgiving God, help us to push down the desire to be more powerful than others. Those who love seek love not power. AMEN
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Francis of Assisi
This is an excerpt from the Prayer of St Francis. This is one of my favorites. We are becoming so divided. People are choosing to hate anyone who is different from them. We don’t spend any time getting to know the person. If we did we would probably change our minds. This hatred is so destructive. If it continues it will tear us all apart. I am sure that God weeps. Each of us must take it upon ourselves to make a change. We only have control over ourselves. Change can come one person at a time. Hatred can turn to love.
Loving God, how you must look down in distress at our anger and hatred. Help us to to sow love. AMEN
Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. Mother Teresa
God calls us to be joyful Christians. We are not to go around looking grim or sad. That certainly is not the kind of message that we need to give. We draw others to God by becoming someone that others want to be like. Loving is contagious. If we love we give it away constantly and others receive the blessing of it. Learn to be a joyful and loving Christian.
Joyful God, show us how to live in the joyful life that you have given us. Help us to show others love and joy. AMEN
We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all. Eleanor Roosevelt
None of us wants to love where there is no love in return. Many times we are afraid to get in too deep….afraid of being hurt. The thing is that we have to take a chance or else spend out life with no experience of love at all. It helps to understand that the one sure love is the love of God. His love will never fail us. We may not always feel it for feeling are mercurial but he is there. He has promised us that nothing can ever separate us from his love. He keeps his promises.
Loving God, help us to remember that your love is steadfast and always with us. Teach us to love others as you have called us to do. AMEN