God, on this Labor Day, I pray for all those who work. When they
feel tired, give them strength. When they worry, comfort them. When
they feel unappreciated, hold them close. When they are stressed,
grant them patience. God, may those who work find fulfillment in
serving others, pride in doing their work well, and joy in working
with others. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord, Amen.
September 2, 2014
(Meditation: Matthew 6:33-34)
Dear God, too often we look to others for affirmation, for worth,
and for approval. We constantly look around to see if we're measuring
up. Free us from this cruel conformity, and turn our hearts to You.
Only in You do we find real worth, lasting affirmation, and everlasting
forgiveness. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
September 3, 2014
(Meditation: I Kings 19:11-12)
God, help me to listen for Your still small voice in our noisy world.
Like Elijah, I expect You in the earthquake, the wind, and the fire
. . . but You come in a still small voice. Silence my noisy heart,
so that I may listen. Still my busy mind, so that I may heed. Lead
me beside the still waters. Restore my soul. In Jesus' name Amen.
September 4, 2014
(Meditation: I Thessalonians 5:16-18)
God, thank You for rest and sleep . . . for clean sheets . . . for
waking up in the morning . . . for long, hot showers . . . for coffee.
Thank You for the person who let me in line while driving to work.
Thank You for work . . . and breaks from it . . . and for the good
feeling of locking up for the day. God, did I pass by a person today
who doesn't have these things? Did I pass by on the other side?
September 5, 2014
God, my hairline recedes and my wrinkles multiply. My waist expands,
and my energy fades. I'm getting older. Most of the time I can accept
it, but sometimes I think about the good ole days. I reminisce a
lot. I cry easily. I can feel life passing by. I confess I'm too
attached to this world. God, I don't want to start over, but I do
pray for newness in You. When I die to self and rise with Christ
I have the joy of an eternal life that is real today. And I'm grateful
that this is just a taste of life with You! In Jesus' name. Amen.