Day 223 | Wednesday, 28 October 2020
A Beginning: (Psalm 71)
“In the storms of life, God is our shelter. In the whirlwind of activity, God is our secure center. In the flood of tempting images and seductive words, God is a rock of stillness on which to stand. In the avalanche of tears and fears, God is our strong fortress. In all the days of our lives, let God’s praise be on our lips.”
“God of love, fountain of prayer, we confess that our silence is noisy, our minds filled with distracting chatter, our thoughts focused on problems and our eyes bombarded with temptations. How hard we find it to be still and rest in your holy and healing presence. And how hard we make it by driving ourselves to busyness and fatigue.”
“God of love, usher us into your holy presence. Teach us the words to pray and the silences to keep. Refashion our days and hours so we may always walk in constant thanksgiving of your amazing grace. Amen”
A prayer of confession:
“We are running so fast, God, and we don’t know how to slow down. We keep our calendars filled. We carry phones in the car and on our person. We constantly check our voicemail, our e-mail and stay connected by fax and Internet. We are busy and yet not satisfied. We are moving faster, but we never catch up. We are stressed, God. Is this the way you meant us to be?”
“Speak to us once again your message of peace, of walking beside still waters, of refreshing our souls, of lying down in meadows of green. Speak to us again of your care for the birds of the air and the children at play. Speak to our anxious hearts and spinning minds that think if we are not doing, then there is no being. Restore our balance, lighten our driven-ness, and make holy our rest. In Jesus name. Amen”
“Holy God, we are like tightrope walkers in the circus of life-balancing home and work, play and prayer, friends and solitude. We are one step away from falling yet encouraged by an inner-voice which says, “trust me.”
“The God of life is present. God steadies the wire, beckons us to keep our eyes looking forward, reaches out to us on the last step. The God of life is there even when we fall, bouncing us from the net to try again.”
“Holy God, we are like tightrope walkers in the circus of life who know your presence. Thankyou. Amen.”
“Stand tall like some mighty oak. Be firm in your convictions like the majestic mountain. Let your love blossom. Be a river of kindness. And may God the Creator bless and strengthen you.”
“God has two outstretched arms. One is strong enough to surround us with justice, and one is gentle enough to embrace us with grace.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Today: Hospitals and medical staff in our county as numbers of patients increase.