Posts Tagged 'Daily Thought and Prayer'

Easter 3 – 1 John 3:1a

From 1 John 3:1a – See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.

Happy Earth Day 2009! While it ages me, I remember the green “e” (it may have been a Greek theta, Θ) of that first Earth Day in 1970. As brothers and sisters of one another, I hope you will take a moment today to think of this home we share called Earth and determine one more way you can help care for it.

Prayer:

Creator God, thank you for green grass, snow-capped peaks, emerald green seas and clear blue skies. Help us be good stewards of this amazing abundance you have entrusted to us. AMEN.

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Thought & Prayer for September 19

From Philippians 1:21- For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.

Paul’s reason for living is to help his fellow believers as they grow in their understanding of God stating what is akin to his personal call to ‘service over self.’ We cannot live individually as if islands. We are borne of one God, and we must care for each other as the relatives we are.

Prayer: Gracious God, we have independent spirits, but you remind us of our dependence on you and on each other. Help us serve. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for September 18

From Psalm 145:8 – The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Remember Jesus’ directive in scripture last week to forgive someone who has sinned against you not seven times but seventy seven times? We are asked to treat one another as God treats us, with mercy, patience and love.

Prayer: Loving God, your generosity toward us is often unmerited. Help us treat one another as the brothers and sisters we are rather than the strangers we are not. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for September 17

From Jonah 4:9-11 – But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” Then the LORD said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals.

Jonah was angry at God for not bringing “calamity” on Nineveh. He was also angry at God for destroying the bush that was sheltering him. God shows his compassion for and his patience with all creation…from lilies of the field to each one of us.

Prayer: Patient God, we often struggle to offer patience to one another. Help us model the patience you willingly offer us. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Tuesday, September 16

From Psalm 105:1-2 – O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works.

I believe our actions should be an outward expression of our faith. This scripture reminds me that we should also TELL others how we see God active in the world.

Prayer: Ever-present God, we witness your creative presence each day. Help us share that witness with others. AMEN.

Thought and Prayer for Monday, September 15, 2008

The lectionary texts for this week include Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Philippians 1:21-30 and Matthew 20:1-16. Alternate texts include Jonah 3:10-4:11 and Psalm 145:1-8.From Exodus 16:11-14 – The LORD spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.'” In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted there was a fine flaky substance, as fine as the frost on the ground.

I was a passenger on a day trip to Nashville last week, and I was once again reminded of how in driving and in life, I prefer to be at the controls. This scripture, where God provides for the most basic needs of the Israelites, reminds me that self-reliance is over-rated, and that I need to trust God more.

Prayer:

Compassionate God, help us and give us the courage to trust in you more fully. AMEN.


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