God, when I look around at the demise of decency, the retreat of
responsibility, and the rise of rage, I wonder where You are. Are
You in control? Why don't You straighten out everything? God, forgive
me for having so little faith that I think You've got to prove Yourself
to me. You are so much greater than the failings of our culture.
O God, how great Thou art! In Jesus' name, Amen.
October 6, 2015
(Meditation: Colossians 1:15-17)
God, thank You for the beauty of Your creation . . . for leaves
turning yellow, orange and red . . . for birds that sing so beautifully
. . . for the cool air that tells us of the season's change . .
. for the restful quiet of autumn evenings . . . for scudding clouds
and glowing sunsets . . . for the night sounds of cicadas and crickets.
Creator God, how great Thou art! In Jesus' name, Amen.
October 7, 2015
(Meditation: Psalm 16:11)
God, I've tried to be happy by my own striving -- like the power
of positive thinking, or trying to smile when I don't feel like
it. But I've had to learn again that happiness isn't a pursuit;
it's a by-product. When I yield to You all the unlovable things
in my life, Your grace frees my soul to be happy. It is not my goodness
that makes me happy, it is YOUR goodness. Thank You, God! Amen.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
October 8, 2015
(Meditation: Matthew 10:29-30)
Dear God, nothing seems certain. The stock market zig-zags up and
down, start-ups and mergers are echoed by closings and bankruptcies,
crime and moral decay alternate with bravery and caring. I feel
like I'm living in a strange world that rises and falls like waves.
I feel both alienated and connected. I feel both sorrow and joy,
anger and compassion, contrition and thanksgiving. God, I yearn
for stability and for assurance that everything will be all right.
Forgive my lack of trust in You. And help me to submit my life to
You, one day at a time. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
October 9, 2015
(Meditation: Psalm 146:1-2)
God, when my heart is pierced by guilt . . . when tears run
down my cheeks because of my wrongdoing . . . when my life is crushed
and burdened with sin, You have reached down to hold me close. You
have bound up my wounds. You have lifted me up. You have put Your
arms of forgiveness around me. You have led me in Your path. In
Jesus' name I praise You, O God! Amen.