January 26, 2017
PRAYER:Gracious God, you are love, indeed. You are self-giving, faithful, abiding, never-ending love. All praise be to you!
You have loved us in so many ways, dear Lord, our God, but most of all by giving us your Son, who showed us your love, and who, by love, gave his life on the cross. Your love became human in Jesus, for our sake. All praise be to you!
Forgive us, Lord, when we think we can make you love us more by our actions. Yes, we can please and honor you, but your love for us comes first and foremost. We love because you first loved us. All praise be to you!
Help us, Lord, to respond to your love by loving you. May we give our love to you through all that we are, even in our daily work. May our work this day be an expression of our love, our response to how much you love us. All praise be to you! Amen.
January 23, 2017
Gracious God, thank you for the “greatest commandment.” Thank you for inviting us to love you with all that we are. Thank you also for urging us to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Teach us, Lord, how love can be part of our work. Most of all, teach us how we can love you in our work. Open our minds and hearts to new discoveries, new convictions, new passions, and new practices.
Even today, dear Lord, may I love you completely, in all that I do, including my work. Amen.
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January 9, 2017
Gracious God, indeed, you are the one who will one day make everything new. You alone have the power to do this. You alone have the desire to do this.
Thank you, Lord, for not abandoning us and our world. Thank you for making your renewing presence known, even now, however incompletely.
Thank you also for choosing to use us as agents of renewal. May we be available to you for this crucial task. May you use us to bring your wholeness to the broken places of our lives: our work and our family, our community and our church, our nation and our world.
All praise be to you, O God, because you are making all things new! Amen.
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January 6, 2017
Gracious God, how thankful I am that I don’t have to speak to you with perfect words. You don’t want a good show from me. You want me, who I really am, with all that is good in me and all that is wrong. What an amazing privilege it is to be able to pray to you openly. Thank you!
Help me, Lord, not to hold back when I pray. Help me to lay before you all that I think and feel . . . indeed, all that I am.
All praise be to you, O God, because you invite me to approach your throne with boldness and confidence. I pray in the name of Jesus, who has opened the way to you. Amen.
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