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Mother’s Day Prayer

Our Heavenly Father, giver of all good gifts, we give thanks to you this day for your gift of mothers.  We thank you for our mothers, we thank you for all mothers, and we thank you for those women in our lives who are not are mothers, yet in spirit and in action reach out and care for us as a mother would. We thank you for mothers who have been an example to us of the Christians Faith, those who are led by the Spirit of God in their lives.

Grant that we might be more appreciative of all that mothers do for us.  Grant that we might speak words of thanks and love more often and words of complaint much less.

For the mothers of our lives we pray your blessings of peace and joy; strengthen them in faith, in hope, and in love.  Encourage them in days when they feel overwhelmed with the many tasks and problems of life.  Encourage them when they feel insecure, insufficient for the job, like they have failed.  Lift their eyes beyond the moments of a particular day and help them to see the big picture of mothering along with the successes that are theirs in raising and caring for us their children and their families, as well as those who they have influenced beyond their own families.

  •  Father, we pray for those whose mothers have finished  life’s course. Comfort all who grieve the loss of their mother’s this day.
  • We pray for mothers today, who have lost a child, knowing that a day like mother’s day can open the wounds of grief and pain as they are reminded.  We pray for the many mothers of this country and the world who mourn today, because they have lost a son or daughter in the battles and fighting of war.  Bring your strength, comfort, and      assurances to those who need you today due to such a great loss.
  • For those women who desire greatly to be mothers, but  have not been able to bear children, grant them your peace and grace that they may discover your goodness and joy in their lives.
  • We pray for any who have never known their birth mothers.  Grant them peace in the unknown things of life and grant that they might take joy in those who have been mothers to them in spirit and in action.
  • We pray for those mothers we know who have yet to accept your salvation, may their hearts be opened unto you.
  • For any who have tensions and struggles in their relationship with their mothers, grant this day to be an opportunity for new life and reconciliation.  May love conquer a multitude of sins, may love bring new life.

Father, we know that none can live out a godly and righteous life without you, so pour out your Holy Spirit upon our mothers and all women who seek to serve you in love.  May their lives find satisfaction and deep joy in serving you and your purposes in this world.

We worship you and honor you today O Lord, thanking you for your beautiful and holy design of motherhood and its impact on our lives. Father, you are the giver of all gifts.  Today we thank you for our mothers, bless them today and always through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Thank you for the Ashes

lent_ash_crossThank you for the ashes Lord.

They free me from my strivings, my illusions of perfection, my resistance to admit that I am human.

The ashes speak O Lord:  “You are God, I am human.  You are Creator, I am creature. You are Unlimited, I am limited.

Thank you for the ashes.

Thank you for the ashes Lord.

They free me from obsession to the things I cannot change; they free me from my endless work and the weariness that flows with neverending tasks that seek to control what I cannot control.

They ashes speak O Lord: “Rest, you are mortal, rest in your God.  Rest and trust that God is in control. Rest and know of His love.”

Thank you for the ashes.

Thank you for the ashes Lord.

They free me to be dependent, they free me from the lie of self-dependency.

The ashes speak O Lord, and I thank you for the ashes.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Isaiah 35:1-10

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father; you have saved us with a great salvation, you have been merciful to us and not dealt with us as our sins deserve, you have graciously blessed us and through Jesus Christ your son have called us your children. You have poured out your Spirit upon us to guide, comfort, empower, and aid us on our journey till the end.  You have poured out your Spirit upon us to strengthen us to serve you in this world.

Yet, there are times Lord, when we feel like we are in the desert just like the prophet Isaiah alludes to.  We grow tired and our strength fails us for we are really weak.  Some of us are discouraged this morning; all kinds of things discourage us. Some of us come with burdens too heavy to bear, for there are all kinds of weights that burden us.  Some of us come with problems, with illnesses, with heartbreak, for this world is not always generous, nor fair.  Some of us come with sin and guilt; our hearts tell us that we are not right with you and our neighbors. Some of us come looking for your mercy and forgiveness.

We know Lord it is not just us individually in need today.  The whole world needs you.  Peoples from every tribe and nation and language stand in need of you today.  Asia needs you.  Africa needs you.  Europe needs you.  South America needs you.  Australia needs you.  All the nations all over the earth need you, for you are the Creator and Lord of the earth

And so Lord, hear our prayers for all those who are needy this day, both great and small.  Hear our prayers for others and hear our prayers for ourselves.

Let there be rejoicing in the wilderness, joyful singing in the desert land of life.  Display your glory and splendor once again and let us see you.  Strengthen our hands, encourage our legs.  Take away our fears and make us strong in faith. Save us, Lord Jesus!

Let the blind see and the lame walk, lead us on your Highway to Holiness that we may truly live for you.  Hear our prayers today.  Let us come and worship you.  Let sorrow and mourning flee away and everlasting joy and gladness be with your people through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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