THE OLYMPICS

O Great and Wonderful God,
we enjoy watching the Olympics
on television. Last night
the amazing feats of snowboarding
and ice skating were an inspiration.
I especially like to watch
the ice skaters as singles and in pairs.
How these young people
push themselves to perfection!
Great and Wonderful God,
you want each of us to
be as diligent in sharing your love
with others so that all may enjoy
a crown in your kingdom.

1 Corinthians 9:24-25:
Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.

Hymn: Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know

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BUSINESS

While watching television
in the evenings, Lord,
I do needlepoint
to cover a brick,
which can be used
as a bookend or doorstop.
A friend and each of my children
already have one, so
when I am done,
I will put this one
on the give-away table
located near our dining room.
The last one I put out
went right away.
Sewing is better for me
than eating while watching TV, Lord,
and I hope someone will use it.

Proverbs 31:10a, 27:
A capable wife who can find? She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

REJOICE

Lord, when I was a child
and we sang, “This is the day
that the Lord has made,”
I thought it meant Sunday.
It was only much later
that someone told me
that it meant every day.
We can rejoice on an ordinary day,
when nothing much is happening,
and on special days.
Even in times of sorrow, Lord,
we find comfort in your arms
and do not despair.

Psalm 118:24-25:
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

Hymn: This is the Day

LAST MINUTE

Your birthday celebration
is almost here, Lord.
The dusting is done.
Decorations are in place.
There is last minute scurrying
to find presents,
purchased early and hidden,
that have yet to be wrapped.
Maybe I will stop at the store
for one last thing.
I know we need eggs
for the pancake supper
Christmas Eve.
We look forward to the slowing of time
as we wait for the renewal
of your coming into our lives.

Mark: 1:2-3:
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”

Hymn: People, Look East

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON

Our church gave a luncheon
for people over 50, Lord,
and lo and behold a 51 year old
showed up at our table
of octogenarians.
We entertained him with the past,
and he explained his work.
It was so nice to hear about
things in the present.
Remind me, Lord,
to keep up to date.
Life isn’t over yet.

Psalm 90:10:
The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong.

Luke 10:25-28:
Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus, “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

Luke 12:25:
“And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?”

CATALOGUES

This time of year, Lord,
the catalogues pile up.
They are wonderful
for Christmas shopping
for people who can’t get out.
I look at them,
but I still like to see the real thing
before I buy.
My friend orders two of the same thing
in different sizes
and sends one back
after trying them on.
I’m glad that‘s a possibility
for the future, Lord,
but not yet.
Be with me as I rejoice
to live one day at a time.

Philippians 4:4:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
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Hymn: Rejoice, the Lord Is King

RENEWAL

Lord of All,
when we were in grade school,
my brother was given molds
with which to make lead soldiers.
My father monitored the process
in our basement
with all of us watching.
My brother melted the lead
over a burner
and poured the molten lead
into the molds.
Presto! Out came shiny toy soldiers.
It reminds me
that when our leaden lives
are ignited by your Spirit, Lord,
they shine forth with fresh joy.

Acts 11:15-16:
“And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized by the Holy Spirit.’”

Hymn: Spirit of the Living God