I Corinthians 15:55-58)
Almighty and ever merciful God, we buried a close friend today.
She brought so much joy into our family's life, and we will miss
her. But again we realize that death is but a doorway to You for
those who love You. What peace we have knowing that the things we
dread most, death and separation, have lost their sting! God of
eternal life, hold the members of her family very close. And thank
You for the memories of her that will continue to live in our hearts.
March 28, 2017
(Meditation: Proverbs 3:5-6)
Give us this day our daily bread." Lord, You taught us to pray for
daily bread. But instead, I take daily bread for granted. You taught
us to pray for the essentials -- one day at a time, but I still
pray for the non-essentials. God, teach me, again, about the simplicity
of the life of faith. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen
March 29, 2017
(Meditation: Luke 9:23-25)
Dear God, I am prone to presumption. I presume that my success is
mine alone. I presume that I can get by without You. I presume that
You will answer my prayers MY way. I presume that I will be healthy.
I presume I can accurately judge others. God, forgive my presumptions,
and help me to love You and trust in You, and to be aware always
that who I am, and what I have, are blessings from You. In Jesus'
March 30, 2017
(Meditation: I Corinthians 7:24)
God, how wonderful it would be to get away from responsibility,
and not have so many people depend on me. Yet, without that, I wouldn't
be happy either, because most of my work is a joy. I think the freedom
I really want is not freedom FROM responsibility, but the assurance
that You are in charge, and that You are with me. God, forgive my
doubt and fear and mistrust. Help me to follow You before I would
lead. In Jesus' name. Amen.
March 31, 2017
(Meditation: Romans 12:2)
God, my heavy heart proves that other things are dearer to me
than Your will. I know that whoever tries to save his life shall
lose it, so I pray that I may lose my life in Your will, that You
may preserve it. God turn my trials into obedience, my worry into
yielding, and my controlling into freedom. Through Jesus Christ,
my Lord. Amen.