Friday, August 26, 2016

A Prayer for Friday, August 26, 2016

Opportunities

O God,

Make us aware of opportunities
to practice love today.

Help us take advantage of
them as they come along.

Keep us always ready to give
ourselves up to help someone else.


Amen.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Prayer for Thursday, August 25, 2016

Unsung

O God,

Thank you for unsung heroes.

Thank you for people

who do all they can to help make things better,
who try to help the helpless and to heal the broken,  
who do what’s right at the cost of personal advancement,

and who get no recognition for it.

Thank you for seeing, for knowing, and for rewarding.

Thank you that, while they’re unsung on earth, they’re renowned in heaven.

Bless the unsung heroes.

Encourage them in their attitudes and actions.


Amen.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Prayer for Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Until

O God,

Until Jesus returns to us,
help us remember that
he’s already here with us.

Until we are in your presence,
help us see you all around us.

Until we get to heaven,
help us build the
best earth we can.

Until you make things as they should be,
help us work to make them as they can be.

Until you make the world good,
help us try to make it better.

Until you fulfill our hope,
help us live in faith.

Until we know,
help us trust.

Until we see,
help us believe.

Until we die,
help us live.


Amen.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Prayer for Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Windows

O God,

Thank you for all the windows you have
given us through which we can see life.

Thank you for such windows as

books,
music,
movies,
the internet,
experience,
conversations,
travel, and
imagination.

Thank you for all the windows you have
given us through which we can see you.

Thank you for such windows as

creation,
the Bible,
your Spirit,
other people, and
Jesus.

Thank you especially for Jesus.

Help us remember to look regularly through
the windows you’ve given us so we can
understand life and you as best we can.


Amen.

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Prayer for Monday, August 22, 2016


Unless

O God,

Keep us aware of our “unless” moments, of those moments when it’s the case that “unless I do this, that won’t happen.”

Sometimes the result is something we should pursue, and sometimes it’s something we should avoid.

So sometimes we should do what we’re contemplating, and sometimes we shouldn’t.

Make us alert to such pivotal moments.

Help us choose wisely. Help us choose in ways that demonstrate our love for you and for people. Help us choose in ways that contribute to your purposes.


Amen.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Prayer for Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Lord’s Day

O God,

Let us see Jesus today.

When we see him, let us recognize him.

When we recognize him, let us follow him.

Then . . .

Let others see Jesus in us.

When they see him, let them recognize him.

When they recognize him, let them follow him.

Then . . .

Let others see Jesus in them.


And so on . . .

Amen.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Prayer for Saturday, August 20, 2016

String

O God,

We are in the last few weeks of the Major League Baseball season. Several teams are striving to make the playoffs.

My team isn’t one of them. My Atlanta Braves are 28.5 games out of first place. They may be mathematically eliminated by Labor Day. They’re just playing out the string.

It’s all very sad.

To the players’ credit, they’re giving it a good effort. They play hard. They try to win, even though they have no chance at the pennant.

Don’t let us live as if we’re just playing out the string. Help us live as fully as we can for as long as we can. Help us see and pursue the meaning in our lives.

One of these days, we’ll reach a point where there is little life left to live. In a sense, we’ll be playing out the string, no matter how hard we try not to let it be that way. Even then, give us grace to keep living for as long as we’re alive.

And help us remember that, even after we’ve played out the string—even after we’ve played out, period—there’s still eternity to go …


Amen.