FAREWELL

To  the followers of this blog (prayersforeveryday):  Thank you for praying along with me, and having your own prayers.  It is time for me to go on to other ways to serve.  God bless and be with you on your journey.    Rev. Carlee Hallman

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HUMILITY

Dear Lord, what small bits of your life
we find in the gospels, and only three years.
Yet what structures have been built
and invested with sonorous pageantry.
What nonsense fancy robes and gold crosses
when the money could be given to the poor.
The message is lost in the trappings.
Sin creeps into good intentions.
We are ashamed.
We meant to be seeking lost souls.
Where did we go wrong?
Open our eyes again, Lord.
Keep us humble before you.  Amen.

Psalm 25:9
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

Hymn:  Open My Eyes, That I May See

LEARNING

Lord, we know that you went to school
because you could read and write.
Reading opens new worlds to us.
Writing helps us express ourselves.
We give thanks for public libraries.
Now young people can access
all sorts of knowledge on their phones;
facts at their fingertips.
Yet, Lord, understanding
and growing in love
are more than facts and knowledge
can supply.
Your guiding Spirit supplies
the combination of all three.
Thank you, Lord, for being with us.  Amen.

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.

John 8:6
They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him.  Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.

John 17:26
“I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

GOOD JUDGEMENT

Ah Lord, if you wanted us to be perfect,
you shouldn’t have given us a choice.
Free will is a mixed blessing.
Some would say it’s a burden.
They would like to be able to rampage around
and not be held responsible.
They want to blame the Devil.
Lord, trying to do good is not so easy.
What is good for Jack, may not be good for Mary.
So much depends on learning and experience.
The Ten Commandments are pretty general.
And the Golden Rule can be even more evasive
in actual practice.
Lord, your Spirit is our best guide.
Give us the wisdom to follow.  Amen.

John 4:25-26
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

WHAT NOW?

Lord, the celebration of a birthday
and the passing of another year,
is a good time to take stock
of our accomplishments
and plans for the year ahead.
Open our hearts and minds
to your guidance
that we may continue to grow
in our love, understanding,
and service to others.
May our lives praise you.  Amen.

Mark 8:34-35
 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and the sake of the gospel will save it.”

Hymn:  Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Lord, the celebration of a birthday
and the passing of another year,
is a good time to take stock
of our accomplishments
and plans for the year ahead.
Open our hearts and minds
to your guidance
that we may continue to grow
in our love, understanding,
and service to others.
May our lives praise you.  Amen.

Mark 8:34-35
 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and the sake of the gospel will save it.”

Hymn:  Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

BIRTH OF OUR COUNTRY

Lord, last week we celebrated
the birth of our country.
We watched local fireworks
from our balcony.
The television showed
the ones in Washington, DC.
It was difficult to get into the spirit this year.
Our country is so divided.
Lord, you have guided our country
through the years.
Don’t abandon us now   Amen.

Acts 10:34-35
Then Peter began to speak to them:  “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fear him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

Hymn: Rise Up, O Men of God