from A Guide to Prayer
Lord God, you who are the source of all truth, wisdom, justice, and love, lead me through this time of worship and throughout this day of service to you. Help me constantly to rest my life upon the eternal foundations of your love and presence. Save me from haste and confusion, from wrongful desire, and the net of evil. Through the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, enlighten, instruct, and guide me all the day long. In the name of Jesus.
from The Book of Worship
Lord of life and love, help us to worship thee in the holiness of beauty, that some of the beauty of holiness may appear in us. Quiet our souls in they presence with the stillness of a wise trust. Lift us above dark moods, and the shadow of sin, that we may find thy will for our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This week I’ve received news of several friends battling cancer. I’ve prayed for them, and ached for what they and their families are going through. And then I think about my verse for this week. Rejoicing AND praying. Rejoicing seems far from me sometimes.
“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing… “(I Thess 5:14-17)
It’s easy for me sometimes to be idle, faint-hearted weak, and impatient– not helpful when I’m called to seek to do good! I so badly need Jesus’ grace and His strength to live in the truth of this verse.
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your GOd, the Holy one of Israel, your Savior… Isaiah 43:1-3
I am so thankful to think: He knows me! He knows my name! He knows who I am, where I am, how I am. He is WITH me. I am HIS.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
As I think about these words, I am thankful that God says He is WITH ME. He is with me at home, in the office, in the happy moments and the challenging moments. He will strengthen, help and uphold me– so I don’t have to be afraid.
My “one word” for 2014 is TRUST.
Thank you to my sis-in-law Tracy for the ideas, for the encouragement, for the warmth and acceptance of my sporadic efforts to participate. Although I didn’t get them “all”– I enjoyed thinking about photos that might fit the themes.
The camera I’m working with right now is not doing what I’d like it to do, and it’s hindered my enjoyment of photography this year. And yet, I know that photos help me to reflect on my life, what I love, what speaks beauty and joy to me… and I will look for ways to continue this journey “around the corner”!
“Thanks for the memories!”
Clearly, it’s been a while since I’ve written on this blog. I’m getting into the swing of things in this new season of my life. New season, in that it’s autumn here in Charlotte, with beautiful goldens and reds in the trees… bright colored mums and pumpkins on display in the neighborhood… colorful pansies which apparently bloom all winter long here!
It’s a new season for me personally as well. Continue reading