Lord Jesus, the walls
of our apartment are lined
with prints, photographs, and paintings
acquired through the years.
Some are of family, scenes, and flowers.
A few are by my mother and sister.
One print is of your birth, Lord.
Another is of you stilling the water.
A copy of “The Peaceable Kingdom”
by Edward Hicks hangs over the sofa.
Each picture holds special memories.
Thank you, Lord, for pictures
and those who create them.
The Lord spoke to Moses: See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: and I have filled him with divine spirit, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kind of craft.
Dear Father, we read of
more and more people
arming themselves with guns
in their homes. I mentioned this
this to a young person, who said,
“I would like to have some
because you never know
what is going to happen.”
It is hard to believe how anxious
people are about the future.
Movies show world disasters
and mayhem all the time.
I look forward to the super powers
working things out peacefully.
Father, we rely on your steadfast love.
1 Peter 5:7:
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
Hymn: Children of the Heavenly Father
Heavenly Father, we try to attract
birds to our garden.
We have a hummingbird feeder,
a bird house, and a bird bath.
It is a joy to watch them drinking water.
We often see goldfinches,
sparrows, crows, and other birds.
We saw a hummingbird looking around
before we put up the feeder this year.
We hope he comes back.
Your care for fragile creatures, Father,
reminds us of your great love for us.
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
Hymn: God Will Take Care of You
Now, Lord, I must get on with it.
My health is not that bad.
Today I will make that call
to volunteer. You continue
to prod me to serve others.
It is a privilege. Thank you, Lord,
for not giving up on me.
You have been my companion
from childhood. You have
held me up through difficult times
and rejoiced with me
when times were good.
Thank you for calling me
to serve. Amen.
1 Peter 4:10-11a:
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ.
Hymn: Pass It On
O Lord, today I have
another doctor’s appointment.
You know that I hate
to take medicines.
Most of my forebears lived
into their 90’s or above
without much medication.
Give me strength, Lord,
to listen and be reasonable
about the advice given.
Give me strength to do your will
no matter what is prescribed. Amen.
“Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.”
Hymn: Leave It There
Dear Lord, today we remember
those who died in wars
to keep our country free.
We, also, remember friends
and relatives who have died.
When I was a child
I went with my grandma
to decorate graves on this day.
It is a solemn time.
It is a natural thing to die, Lord,
but it is another thing to be killed.
Lead nations into peaceful ways,
that all people may live
and grow in wisdom in old age. Amen.
Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding, for her income is better than silver, and her revenue better than gold! She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare to her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called happy.
Hymn: America the Beautiful
O Lord Our God, we like to think
we are invincible, even though
evidence is against it.
It is humbling
to have to ask for things.
But we do ask: Father, will you
give us of your Holy Spirit?
Fill us, Lord, that the work
you have for us today,
will be a blessing for all.
Thank you, Gracious God. Amen.
“If you then, who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, verse 2