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James H. Daughdrill, Jr.

This Week's Prayers
Monday, September 15, 2014
(Meditation: Psalm 46:9-10)
God, after we put out the fires of 9-11-01, after we cleared the rubble and the ashes, after we buried and mourned our dead, we have lived with a new reality -- the threat of terrorism. Today we mourn the death of those in the military who have given their lives to fight terrorism. Be with those who are still in harm's way, and be with their families back at home. God, we pray that random acts of terror will not divide our nation, crush our will, or cower our resolve to oppose tyranny and terrorism. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
(Meditation: Psalm 4:8)
God, when I lie down tonight, may I yield my mind and my heart to your providence, and sleep in Your peace . . . with no impatience . . . no restlessness . . . no anxiety. God, "I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." (Ps.4:8) Amen.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(Meditation: I John 4:1-4)
O God, our world lives by a secular point of view. Secular teaching says, "Grab all the gusto!" and "Just do it!" Secular teaching says that You did not create us - we're but a random association of molecules. Secular teaching says that truth is not absolute - tolerance is. People are not important - what they produce is. Humility is not important - winning is. Responsibility and accountability are not important - freedom is. O God, forgive us for getting it so very wrong, and guide us once again in Your way. Amen.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
(Meditation: Proverbs 22:6)
God, we've got an empty nest. Our last child has gone away to college. Her room looks so empty. We would gladly worry again about her coming in late just to have her home for a while longer. We miss her laughter and spontaneity. She kept us young. Now, she's gone. She's on her own. Be with us in this new chapter of our life together. And God, help us to "let go," knowing that You will watch over her. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, September 19, 2014
(Meditation: Matthew 6:33)
God, I struggle to budget my time. How do I fit it all in: time to work, time to be with my family, time to rest, time to serve? God, every day I am faced with choosing among competing, legitimate demands. My most difficult choices are not between good and evil, but between conflicting good things. No laws or formulas provide the answer. Only You do, for only in Your grace is there forgiveness, love, and joy. God, help me to get my heart right, so these decisions will all fall into place - the place of Your will. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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