God, forgive our rancorous political squabbling. Reasonable reconciliation
won't stand up to the demands of the big money of special interest
groups. The politics of unforgiving extremes is played out in shrill
and bitter talking points. The American people are caught in the
middle between the posturing of the two extremes. God, grant us
humility, respect, wisdom, a sense of humor, and a willingness to
see good in another's point of view. In Jesus' name. Amen.
August 4, 2015
(Meditation: I Corinthians 13:4-7)
God, I thank You for my family, that group of friends who are never
happier than when we are together. We are like flowers of different
scents, together making a bouquet of loving support. Each family
gathering is a celebration of other times together, never forgotten,
times prized in the retelling, sacramental times. We sing familiar
songs, songs made more joyous by the vigor of children's voices,
somehow sensing that they are strengthened by the songs of belonging,
the songs of love. Thank you for my family, for our shared pains,
and tears, and laughter, and joy. God, You made us; You love us;
You set us in families. Blessed be Your holy name! Amen.
August 5, 2015
(Meditation: John 16:33)
God, when people turn their lives over to You, they still face problems
and heartaches. Their children still get into trouble. They still
have pain and suffering. I know Christians aren't shielded from
the problems of life, yet I know we can deal with these problems
because of our faith and trust in You. God, I am grateful for Your
grace that gives us wisdom and comfort in dealing with the slings
and arrows of life. Though You do not lead us AROUND problems, I
am grateful that You do lead us THROUGH them. Great is Your faithfulness!
August 6, 2015
(Meditation: Lamentations 3:19-24)
God, I pray for Muslims who blame outside "infidels" for their plight.
When their culture, that was once proud, creative and great, now
finds itself irrelevant in the modern world except for its oil,
then frustration and anger are understandable. God, replace their
oppression with freedom, their misery with opportunity, their mistrust
with tolerance, and their fear with love. In Jesus' name. Amen.
August 7, 2015
(Meditation: Romans 12:1-2)
Heavenly Father, You grant peace and joy through holy habits
. . . the habit of prayer . . . the habit of giving . . . the habit
of studying Your Word . . . the habit of helping someone else .
. . the habit of quiet reflection. God, these aren't natural habits
with me; I do them in fits and starts. God, help me to maintain
holy habits. In Jesus' name. Amen.