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

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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.”

LEARNING

Lord, people learn about you in various ways.
In school children are taught to read.
Now, some children can get by
using hand-held devices that read aloud for them.
Learning opens a whole new world.
You learned to read, Lord,
and read in the synagogue.
We have teachers and preachers
so that we can hear and understand
what you are saying to us today.
Give us understanding.  Amen.

Luke 2: 46-47
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

Luke 4:16-17a
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom.  He stood up to read and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.

IMPORTANCE

O Father God, when we take
an overview of the world,
we wonder that you care
for each one of us:
the Pigmy in the jungle,
the hermit on the mountain top,
the rioters in the street,
and the housewife at the sink.
And Jesus healed one at a time.
It makes us feel that each one
in our retirement community
is important to you.
Father, surround us with your love.  Amen.

Matthew 10:29-31
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  And even the hairs of your head are all counted.  So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows,”

CONNECTED

Gracious God, yesterday our daughters
and our grandson had lunch with us.
He is just back from China
where he went to see the sights
and visit a girl he met here last year.
She has plans to return here soon.
The world is so connected
these days by electronic gadgets
that they can keep in touch.
Help us, Lord God, to get along
with all people in peace and harmony.
May we grow in understanding and love.  Amen.

John 13:34
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you also should love one another.”

Song:  I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing

NEEDY

Dear Lord, we read about people
who are starving
in different countries
around the world.
Even in the United States
some do not have enough to eat.
People donate to different
organizations to help,
but there are children
and older people who
slip through the cracks.
We read that Norway takes care
of its citizens.  Why can’t we
find a way?  Open our eyes
to the needs of others, Lord.,
and show us what we can do.  Amen.

Matthew 25:34-35
“Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

 

GOD WITH US

Lord, on Sunday morning
we sang “Holy, Holy, Holy!”
which conveys a sense of awe
in your presence.
But the word “holy” is hard to define.
One has to feel it.
We bow down in spirit
to acknowledge the numinous.
One summer my minister grandfather
chastised his young intern
for teaching us this hymn.
Grandpa thought it was beyond us.
Lord, you know that children
realize through their senses
things adults don’t understand.
Keep us open to your presence among us.  Amen.

Revelation 4:11
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will they existed and were created.”

Hymn:  Holy, Holy, Holy!  Lord God Almighty