GOD’S PRESENCE

Our Father God, we live among people
who are thoughtful and kind.
At times of illness or need,
they try to help out.
But Father, aging is not
as we imagined it would be,
with young  people listening
to our words of wisdom
Today kids know the latest
scientific advances.
They think that’s enough.
But facts are not the answer.to life.
Father God, your presence
in our lives is the real answer.
Thank you for listening.  Amen.

Acts 2:28
You have made known to me the ways of life; you make me full of gladness with your presence.

Hymn:  Abide with Me

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WAITING

O Holy God, we bow before you
and open ourselves to your presence within.
We wait expectantly.
We review our schedule for today:
doctor appointments, meetings,
reading, helping others, or shopping.
Guide us, O Holy God,
that we may do your will.
Kindness, consideration, rejoicing, sharing;
all are part of your plan
for growth in your kingdom.
Open our hearts and minds, O Holy God,
to experience your presence in new ways.
We await your guidance. Amen.

Psalm 16: 11
You show us the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Hymn:  Surely the Presence of the Lord

STRING QUARTET

Dear Lord, my husband plays the viola
in a string quartet.
One Sunday the quartet played
during the church service.
Yesterday they played a concert
in The Bistro, a relaxed setting,
of Asbury Methodist Village.
Music adds enjoyment and
reminds us of your presence, Lord.
It expresses our feelings.
Bless musicians, Lord.
They give much pleasure.

Psalm 150:3-5
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 clashing cymbals.

PERSPECTIVE

Dear Lord, a few days ago
I got out my sewing machine
and hemmed an old nightgown
that had caught in the washing machine
which tore many holes in it
near the bottom.
It’s been a while
since I’ve used the machine
and I had to read the directions
again to thread it.
Is that too trivial
to bother you with, Lord?
Your presence calms me.
It puts things in perspective.
Thank you for being with me.  Amen.

Proverbs 2:3
If you indeed cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding; if you seek it like silver, and search for it as for hidden treasures – – then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

TIME CHANGE

Sunday, Daylight Saving Time began.
We set our clocks back Saturday night.
All but one arrived on time for church.
What do you think, Lord,
of this trick of setting our clocks
ahead in spring and back in the fall?
I suppose it doesn’t matter to you.
It’s a convenience for those who work
to enjoy the evening hours
and saves electricity.
We are grateful that you are always at work, Lord,
so we can call on you at any time.

Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Hymn: Great Is Thy Faithfulness

SILENCE

As we keep silence before Him,
awe creeps over us.
God is present
and we, engulfed in light,
wait. . .
Love surrounds.
Our hearts
are opened,
warmed,
and filled.
We are different,
changed,.
We want to tell someone;
reflect that light
around us.

Habakkuk 2:20
But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him!

ORDINARY DAY

The crossword puzzle is almost done.
Two interesting books are on the table beside me.
The jigsaw puzzle is partially worked.
The apartment is clean enough.
The world is still out there,
though with various nuclear build-ups.
One wonders how much longer.
Will our grandson get to live out his life?
TV shows of Armageddon do not reassure.
We would be afraid, Lord, if you were not in charge.
You are with us whether here or there.

Matthew 28:20b
“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”