Archive for December, 2009

Grace and Confidence -3

December 29, 2009

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Ps. 48:14

Lord as we celebrate your birth we are reminded that you are the light that shines in a dark world that does not understand.   John 1:5.

Yet you are the God of truth. May the light of your truth guide us in the year to come.  Ps. 43:3.

You are the God of love.  In your unfailing love, lead us to greater care and compassion for one another.  Ex. 15:13.

You are the God of mercy.  May we find forgiveness for our pride and greed. Help us to learn to act justly, to forgive and to heal, and to walk humbly with you. Micah 6:8.

You are the God of hope.  May you guide our feet into the paths of peace and help us to move beyond fear and factions so that we might live in greater harmony in the years to come.  Luke 1:79.

You are the God of joy.  Let us be renewed by your presence among us, accept the gift of your grace, and rejoice in your gift of redemption and promise of eternal life.  Luke 2:10-14.

You are the God of grace.  Let us accept the assurance you offer and move forward in faith.  Guide us in the the ways of wisdom (Pr.4;11), and restore and strengthen our souls (Ps. 23:3).

Help us, O Lord, to heed your call and to trust in you.   Guide us in your truth and teach us, for you are our God and Savior, and our hope is in you.  Ps. 25:5.

Guide us O Lord.

Amen

Grace and Confidence -2

December 20, 2009

I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Ps. 27:13-14

Lord, in this season of Advent, teach us to wait.

Teach us to wait with the hope that comes from the knowledge of your love.  Strengthen our ability to trust in you, and help us to know you better through our waiting.

Teach us to wait with the courage that comes from faith in your mighty power.  Give us the courage to face hard truths about ourselves and others, the courage to care,  the courage to change, and the courage to seek and heed your call.

Teach us to wait with the peace that comes from forgiveness.  Help us to accept that we are forgiven, and to forgive those who have caused us pain.

Teach us to wait with patience.  Help us to let go of our own desire to control and to wait secure in the knowledge that “the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Ps. 33:11. Let us say as the prophets did, “I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7. Help us to see that, by your grace, hearts and minds are changing as we wait.

Help us to wait, O Lord, and to know that you are with us in the waiting.

Teach us to wait, O Lord.

Amen

Grace and Confidence -1

December 13, 2009

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Lord as we approach the celebration of your birth, help us to embrace your message of hope, joy, forgiveness and peace. Help us to see the many opportunities we have around us to experience and share that message – the hope that comes with change; the joy in simply being alive; the opportunity to accept and be accepted by those who love us;  the peace of a quiet moment, a good meal, a warm bed.  Give us the confidence to move forward, one step at a time, as we work to fix our economy, to help those who are longing to work, feed those who are hungry, and to care for all who are sick.  Forgive us our faults,  — our shortsightedness, self righteousness, anger, fear, and denial — that stall our progress.  Help us to accept that progress is incremental and that in seeking a world that is more fair and just, we must often seek hope in the unseen. Let us find confidence in your mercy and grace, and follow the promise of your love.   Amen

Giving Help

December 6, 2009

Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes or daily food.  If one of you says to him, “go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:15

Lord in this holiday season, help us to be truly compassionate to those in need.  Help us to fill our food banks, to be generous in donations of gifts and money, and to provide the support of company and friendship.  Help us to give the message of hope.  Help our leaders to find, and us to support, policies and programs that put people back to work and keep them fed.  Help us to shine the light of your mercy “on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death [and] guide our feet into the path of peace.” Luke 1:79

Amen