VACATION TIME

I am taking vacation time. This website Prayers for Every Day will continue in two weeks on July 9.

Rev. Carlee Hallman

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TROUBLE

Dear Lord, the other day
I tripped and fell headlong
on the gravel path
of the garden.
I hurt my shoulder
and skinned my knee,
but nothing was broken.
What do you make of this, Lord?
Accidents happen?
My husband helped me up.
You, Lord, are with us
in good times and bad.
Your presence surrounds us
with love in time of trouble.

Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

MUSIC

Dear Lord, yesterday we attended
a musical program
of a violinist and a pianist.
We are fortunate that musicians
who live in this retirement community
are happy to share their talents.
Music expresses our deepest emotions.
David played the harp to soothe Saul.
The Psalms speak of the exuberance
of musical instruments.
Thank you, Lord, for writers and players
of music who give you praise and lift our spirits.

Psalm 100: 3-5.
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp.  Praise him with tambourine and dance; Praise Him with strings and pipe!  Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals.

 

FLOWER GARDENS

O Lord God, we give you thanks for flowers.
Yesterday we bought plants and seeds
for a window box and for the garden.
When we walked past lilies in the garden,
we were reminded of Christ’s rising.
Flowers at funerals remind of your care.
Flowers lift our spirits and inspire us.
We delight in picking flowers
to share with those who are sick
and to decorate the house.
Thank you, Lord God, for flowers
that remind us of your love.  Amen.

Song of Solomon 2:12
The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

John 20:14-16a
When she had said this she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?  Whom are you looking for?”  Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary!” 

GUIDE US

Dear Lord, now your servant
in our government is quoting scripture
to justify his ruling to separate children
from their parents who try
to enter our country.
Lord, the cry goes up!
Surely something can be done
to help these parents and children.
Love will find a better way.
Won’t we give others
the same chance our forebears had
when they came to this country?
Speak to your servants, Lord,
that they will discern your guidance
in this matter.  Amen.

1 Corinthians 12:30b-13:1-2
And I will show you a still more excellent way.  If I speak in the tongues of  mortals and of angels, but do not  have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

Hymn:  Thy Word Is a Lamp

TIME ESCAPES

Ah, Father, another deadline
for a contest has passed.
Time goes by faster and faster.
Children think that waiting
for an hour is forever.
Older folks wonder
where the week went or the month.
Father we know you are with us
whether we are on earth or in heaven,
but sometimes we wish time
would turn back so we could
savor each moment here on earth.
Give us perspective, Father,
that we may embrace your vision
for our lifetime.  Amen.

Revelation 21:6-7
Then he said to me, “It is done!  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.  Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”

CLEANLINESS

Lord, some say that “cleanliness
is next to godliness.”
Yesterday we had the rugs cleaned
in our apartment.
My husband moved all the small things
off the floor onto the furniture
so the man could do the job.
It’s a relief to have dirt removed.
Lord, it reminds of the relief we feel
when we come to you,
confess our sins, and receive forgiveness.
You forgive when we ask, even when
we don’t know what we’re doing..
Thank you, Lord, for your loving mercy.  Amen.

1 John 1: 9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.