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.
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."
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.
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'
September 19, 2014
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.