I Thessalonians 5:8-11)
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 safe. 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 30, 2017
(Meditation: II Corinthians 3:18)
"In the beauty of the valleys, 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)
May 31, 2017
(Meditation: Ecclesiastes 5:18-19)
God, wealth is a tricky thing. It can generate greed or generosity.
May those who have wealth hold it with open hands, not clinched
fists. Make them 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 1, 2017
(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 2, 2017
(Meditation: Luke 6:37)
God, I am too critical of others. It is so easy to judge others
who look different, or think differently, or do things differently.
God, forgive my low self-esteem, and my compensating for it by judging
others negatively. May I rest in the glorious self worth of knowing
that I am Your child, created in Your image, and loved by You! In
Jesus' name. Amen.