I Thessalonians 5:9-11)
O God, in our war against terrorism, I pray for peace. On this Memorial
Day, I pause to give thanks for those who have served our country,
either to gain our freedom or to protect it. I pray for soldiers
and sailors and marines and airmen and for those in special services.
Keep them from harm's way. God, I pray for chaplains. Bless their
work of spreading the gospel and healing the hurts of those in the
armed forces. I pray for military doctors and nurses, for orderlies
and Red Cross workers. Bless their work of healing and mercy. Especially
I pray for the families of those who have been wounded or who have
died for the cause of freedom. May they feel supported by the deep
gratitude of our nation. O Prince of Peace, rule and overrule in
our world. And grant us Your peace. In Jesus' name. Amen.
May 31, 2016
(Meditation: II Corinthians 3:18)
"In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea. With
a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me. As He died to
make us holy, let us live to make us free, while God is marching
on. Glory, glory, hallelujah! Your truth is marching on." (from
Battle Hymn of the Republic) In Jesus' name, Amen.
June 1, 2016
(Meditation: I Timothy 6:17-19)
God, wealth is a double-edged sword. It can generate greed or generosity.
May those who have wealth hold it with open hands, not clinched
fists. May they be thankful for Your blessings and faithful in their
stewardship. Give them generous hearts to use Your gifts to spread
the gospel, heal the sick, and help the poor. In Christ's name.
June 2, 2016
(Meditation: Titus 2:11-14)
God, help me to give up a habit that isn't within Your will. Help
me to ask, "Would Jesus approve of this?" Help me to "supplement
faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with
self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness
with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly
affection with love." (II Peter 1: 5b-7) In Jesus' name. Amen.
June 3, 2016
(Meditation: Luke 6:37-38)
God, sometimes we are too critical of others. It is so easy
to judge others who look different, or think differently, or do
things differently. God, forgive our low self-esteem and our compensating
for it by judging others negatively. May we rest in the glorious
self worth of knowing that we are Your children, created in Your
image, and loved by You! In Jesus' name. Amen.