God, if today brings joy, I will rest in You. If today brings pain,
I will rest in You. If today brings accomplishment and success,
I will rest in You. If today brings set-back and failure, I will
rest in You. If today brings vibrant good health, I will rest in
You. If today brings sickness and death, I will rest in You. O God,
You are my rock and my salvation. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord.
October 28, 2014
(Meditation: 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 already miss
her. But once 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. Amen.
October 29, 2014
(Meditation: Ephesians 2:4-5)
God, living in sin is slavery to greed, slavery to lust, slavery
to egotism. But because of Your loving grace I am no longer a slave.
I am free. Help me each day to become more yielded to You. Through
Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
October 30, 2014
(Meditation: Psalm 25:4-5)
Dear God, our nation seems bent on eliminating religious values
from our public life and culture. School prayer is banned, the Pledge
of Allegiance is questioned, the Ten Commandments are removed from
public buildings. The moral fabric of our nation rests on the Judeo-Christian
Biblical heritage, but our culture is being cut off from the source
of our morals. The foundation of our ethics is being eliminated.
Bit by bit, our moral compass is being systematically eliminated.
Return us to the values of our founding fathers, and to the Word
upon which they are based. Return us to be "one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Amen.
October 31, 2014
God, men desperately need the approval of their fathers. We would
do anything to win their approval, yet we compete at the same time.
It is a no-win situation. If we win the competition, we feel guilty;
and if we lose, we feel like we don't measure up. This cycle goes
on even as we get older. Help us to say, "I'm sorry," and "I love
you." God, help men to understand their relationship with their
Dad. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.