Prayers for Everyday

by Rev. Carlee Hallman

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O Forgiving God, this morning
I am watching my daughter work.
She frames pictures
and restores paintings.
This morning she is working
on the portrait of someone’s ancestor.
She is removing years
of accumulated dirt
to reveal the original color.
When we come to you
with all our foibles,
you open our eyes
to layers of obfuscation
and avoidance of truth.
Forgive us God,
and restore us to the pristine creation
that you intended.

1 John 1:8-9:
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Hymn: Just as I Am, Without One Plea


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O Gracious God,
when I arrived at the garden this morning
the birdbath was empty.
After I filled it,
I noticed that the parsley plant
beside it was covered with dew.
It reminded me of “putting out the fleece”
as a test of your faithfulness.
You were faithful with the dew.
I was remiss
with water for the birdbath.
Forgive me, O Gracious Lord,
for I neglecting my duties.
I am thankful
for Your faithfulness.

Judges 6:39-40:
Then Gideon said to God, “Do not let your anger burn against me, let me speak one more time; let me, please, make trial with the fleece once more; let it be dry only on the fleece, and on all the ground let there be dew.” And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground there was dew.