God, bless those who have lost their jobs or their businesses. When
they are stripped of their pride, give them Your assurance. When
they feel like a failures, give them hope. When they feel angry,
give them peace. When they are depressed, give them encouragement.
May their experiences strengthen their family ties, and gain together
the strength that comes with shared sacrifices. God, give them freedom
from the pressure of needing bigger and more expensive things. Help
them to know once again the joy of simple things. In Jesus' name.
July 7, 2015
(Meditation: Matthew 11:28)
God, I love all the new technology, but not everything that comes
with it. It makes me more productive, so I take on more responsibility.
It makes me more available, but I have to deal with more trivia.
Instant communication keeps me up to date, but I have little silence
in my life. In trying to keep in touch with everyone, I lose touch
with myself and with You. E-mails pile on. My cell phone rings constantly.
Text messages and tweets yip at my heels. I'm wireless and overexposed.
It's like being stoned to death with popcorn! O God, save me from
the whirlpool of trivia. Forgive me for my infatuation with trying
to be all things to all people. Help me to trade my trivia for Your
truth. Help me to plan my priorities based on YOUR priorities. In
Jesus' name. Amen.
July 8, 2015
(Meditation: Matthew 6:14-15)
O God, sometimes the things that hurt me most are the hardest to
let go. Hanging on to things like anger and self-pity puts me in
control, and lets me wallow in being a victim. I'm afraid that if
I don't keep reliving my hurts, I won't matter. It is so painful
to acknowledge this. God, heal my wounds. Help me to accept Your
forgiveness and Your steadfast love. Help me to stop re-playing
old hurts and start to forgive others. Help me to open my heart
to Your constant love and peace. Help me to let go of my self image,
and be reshaped by Your image of me. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord.
July 9, 2015
(Meditation: Philippians 2:1-2)
Dear God, too often I live in a "we-they" world. Help me today to
sense the unity of Your creation, and the harmony of Your providence.
Help me to sense the oneness of all people that You created and
love. God, help me to feel at one with myself . . . and at one with
others . . . all because I feel at one with You. Through Jesus Christ,
my Lord. Amen.
July 10, 2015
(Meditation: II Corinthians 1:3-4)
O God, I saw a good friend yesterday. Her husband died last
year. Her sparkle is gone and she looks older. The sadness in her
eyes and the melancholy in her voice break my heart. Hold her close,
and let her rest in You. Restore to her the joy of her salvation.
And help me, and all of her friends, to be there when she needs
an ear and an open heart. In Jesus' name. Amen.