January 15 Prayer
There is a promise of rest for all who believe. Heb.4:1-5,11
I was awake in the darkness of night,
the sound and vibration of a gong ringing inside my chest
To the promise of entering into the place of rest.
It’s there if we want to enter in
to be fully awake.
Not in our slumber nor sleep, no longer resistant
in thoughts too deep but finally
Resigned to a place of peace,
a holy calm starts settling in-
With open hearts to want what God wants;
For us to listen and respond to the invitation
Of entering in-
The promise of rest for torn open hearts,
tired, weary and worn out
waiting to be awakened-
Sometimes all we need to hear is ‘you are forgiven’
and then healing will follow.
Look for the entrance sign
It is there right outside your door
In front of you
In the silence and in the ordinary
in the reality
of the moment
calling forth the real you.
Let go of all the thinking that
wears you out
Unsought Burdens you carry sifting
through your hands
To come and be held by holy hands
Hands that hold the great expanse of earth, sky and sea
Safe, calm and at peace
His holy hands hold mine
until my humans hands become His-
‘We come, so come, Lord and be our rest
Keep us ever close to you to learn from you,
to watch and work and walk along your side
The blessed way, humble and gentle in heart
You are the way we enter in -
We pray for all of those we know that need your rest
In body, heart and soul today.
May each find the entrance to your promise of rest.
Come Holy One and make a way that we will follow this blessing,
Heb.4, Matt.11:28-30, Mark 2:1-12
January 14 Prayer
Walk the way of blessing;
of the meek
gentle of heart
for they will inherit the land- Mt.5:5
What is my inheritance?
What am I striving for?
I already have it when i enter in
enter into the heart of Christ
into His wounded side
it is wide open for all to enter in.
it starts with our hearts
to be softened and committed to trust
trust in someone that is greater than ourselves
trust that God is our inheritance
our cup of blessing
and... your destiny is secure
pleasant places are already marked out for you
a wonderful inheritance waiting for you -
Know your inheritance
it's not about you
but about the One who gives it to you-
Stand in strength
trust and be committed to
the work of grace
The way will open before you
when you walk meekly
knowing who you are
whose you are-
Let your heart soften, listen to his words to you
draw in closer to Christ -
“You are enough for me,
everything I need to live and rest secure in my future
I bless You, O Lord in me
I am content in being yours.
Shape our hearts and souls into your strong
image of humility
To fully be present in who we are
and walk in truth
in kindness and control
under your spirit
we own everything that we need for this hour
Lead us along the way of blessing
May we enter the wounds of the world
to find your grace there-
To be patient and kind with others that are hurt and hungry
and give to them out of what you have given to us
Your very self,
Jesus, the One and only
You are enough
You are all we need
May we walk a way of blessing
in meekness today,
in the power of your kind spirit~
January 13 Prayer
The sea roars
cries out all night long
Awakens the dawn
I can see the swells far out
Upon the waters
I hear the cries of all those that mourn
All of those that are weary and worn down.
‘Bless the Lord O my soul,
God, my God, how great you are!’
Jesus, carries all of our sorrow
for he too
was overwhelmed with sorrow
to the point of death. Mat.26
O How he knows,
when he spoke the word of blessing over all who mourn
He surrendered his will to the spirit
His spirit is the comforter
His will brings life where there is pain and suffering
He knows and will help those who are tested, Heb.2:18
Let us be the place where his spirit may come forth to pray for healing
as he prayed in the garden and grieved for the whole world.
‘Lord, we come with heavy hearts and worn out souls
For all those who face death daily tending to the sick.
May your higher will be done on the earth
Renew us with your strength and power
Your greatness for all to be seen
May we fix our eyes on what you are creating in our midst
With hope and without fear
May we be a part of comforting others and
releasing their pain to you through our prayers.
We breathe in your spirit that brings forth life
and exhale a renewal
Of the earth.
Your will be done and
May your kingdom come
Breathe upon us this day,
like the mighty waves that are coming to the shore.
Heal us and renew us we pray!
Bring comfort and hope to all that mourn.
“When you send forth your spirit they are created and you renew the face of the earth.” Ps.104:30
January 12 Prayer
Walk the road of blessing
It begins with a look,
then a sharpening of focus comes into view
as if our lense become new and the scratches removed
A first look may turn into a second gaze
one that you do not turn away from
one that you remain in
to expand your ability to enter.
Enter into the brotherhood of Jesus
He calls us there
to belong along His side
unashamed He calls us His own family
proclaims our praises
Walk the road of blessing
with our eyes turned upon Jesus
looking into His face
His glory and His grace
and let the things of this earth fade away
to enter into the mission that calls you forth
Close your eyes and look for Jesus
see His face and
let him look at you
Turn your heart to pray;
‘We turn our eyes upon Jesus
We look for your glory to shine forth
in our lives and in the ones around us
We look for your grace to lead us
May your grace cover all
the helpless to find hope
The ill to find relief
the grieving to find comfort
May our first look become a
gaze into the heavenly realm
where all things of this earth grows strangely dim~
Let us each become a window for others
to sharpen their view
and see Jesus looking back at them.
January 11 Prayer
“Teach me the way of blessing
And what is the way of this blessing?
‘Blessed are those who mourn
For they will be comforted.’ Mat.5:2
Blessed, happy, delight,
count it all joy…
Mourning and sorrow, pain and suffering doesn't feel good
but it is there that comfort comes, ‘God draws near
and saves the crushed in spirit.’ Ps.34:18
It's a promise, it is true.
How do we live this way of blessing?..
for even in our happiness there is an ache
a longing for fulfillment , completion,
justice and an end to the story.
Jesus calls his friends to follow him .
This was right after
his closest friend John was arrested.Mk.1:14-15
He leads the way into mourning, the way of the cross to follow.
‘Sorrow in the night with the promise of joy in the morning.’
This is the gospel he proclaims
“You are blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you.
Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.”
This is the fulfillment of why He came
“The kingdom of God is here, change your life and believe the message.”
There is Joy in the mourning because Jesus is there with you
You can go there without fear and feel the pain of difficulties.
The blessed way is this way to enter
the power of the resurrection in the reality of the moment.
Create space now in your heart to hold whatever pain you are feeling now
and allow God's presence to be there with you.
‘Jesus, You are the blessing we hope in.
You are the one most dear to us.
Show us how to live the blessing and bring your comfort to others in their sorrow and pain.
Let us not shrink back when difficulties come.
May we always find You there and allow your
embrace to encompass all
beyond our own reach.
Let us put our hope in this real true blessing.Ps.146:3-10
January 9 Prayer
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’
‘He must increase, so I must decrease.’
Words found in the gospel, spoken by Jesus and John.
Jesus surrendered himself to become poverty for us,
For our sake
Because of love
God is pleased
And delights in his son
Delights in us
Surrendered to love
Preferring nothing else
God offers us a cup of blessing
A wonderful inheritance
A pleasant land
This is the way, the way of surrender and humility
To bow our allegiance to none other
than the lover of our souls
May our hearts believe in a God who sees,
Who hears and feels wherever you are,
Who you are becoming
Surrendered to love
held captive to change
Until the face of Christ is revealed there
Take a deep breath in
of all that your holding unto,
all that stands in the way of Christ increasing in you.
Breath out all the excuses, and guilt,
regrets and resentments.
And let the light of Christ warm your soul with every breath.
Surrender to trust
Trust in love
For he is your beloved and you belong here.
Now you can be free to receive even the pain of others and release them into the love of the one who cares for you.
Lord God, we ask you to mold us and shape us into your image.
‘May we have stamped on our souls the soft outline
of the caring face of Jesus.”
Mark 1:7-11, Matt 5, Ps.16:5-6, 2Cor.8:9
January 8 Prayer
“Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.’
In the story of the 5 loaves and two fishes when everyone is tired and hungry Jesus tells his followers to give out of what they have been given. Mark 6:34-44
Read the story once again and find yourself there in the middle of the crisis,
in the middle of the need.
What rises up within you?
What is it that you see?
Jesus tells them what to do, how to act and even who to go to
as he instructs the people to sit in groups.
Men, women and children, and I wonder what these groups looked like,
and if the disciples choose which group they were to feed?
It was a step of faith each of these had to take to ‘go and give them something to eat.’
It was a step of obedience and humility to let go of their natural mind and considerations to make room for the supernatural to take place through them.
They had to offer their empty baskets and allow Jesus to fill them in order to meet the great need in their midst.
Pause to ask what is it that you need right now placed in your empty basket?
The Lord's mercy is inexhaustible.
His eyes see the need with compassion.
May we pray for this same compassion and mercy for ourselves to obey his call.
May we follow his lead to go to the groups he has placed before us to feed and nurture them with his kindness and understanding.
‘ Lord, we admit that sometimes we get it wrong and just want the needs before us to go away and let them figure things out on their own.
But you have given us, your body the true bread of life, the spirit of your compassion to feed others.
We turn from our own misunderstandings of who is worthy and deserving or who got it wrong.
In humility we come and ask for your inexhaustible mercy on us.
May we in turn give out freely what you have given to us we pray.
Help us to live open and undefended this day fully present to whatever need will come our way.
Let the abundance of grace and kindness tumble forth from our overflowing baskets.
In the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
fill us once again!
January 7 Prayer
I woke up in the middle of night with a song lyric on my lip.
“Draw near to me
For I have drawn near to you.”
In darkness we draw near to God.
This is when Jesus appears to fulfill the word of God.
‘For the people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness
a light will shine.’ Is.9
When Jesus began his ministry of bringing light into the world he encountered darkness. His cousin and herald, John had been arrested and would soon be killed when he announced that the light had come.
‘The kingdom of God is near.’ Repent, change the way you think and your perception of the way things are.’
Jesus quotes from Isaiah ; ‘Nevertheless that time of darkness and despair in our land will not go on forever, the land will be humbled, but there will be a time when it will be filled with Glory.’ Matt.4:12-17
We do not deny that these are dark times but we have the light inside, a hope that will hold a torch to show the way forward.
We turn from pride, ego and
what we think must happen to others.
May we surrender with humility and draw near to you,
to your light in the darkness.
‘Draw near to me for
I have drawn near to you
‘Pull on the strings of my heart
for I long to respond to you…
I’ve made a place for you here
So Come on, come on
All things are possible here
So come on, come on
All my love is for you
All my love is yours..” (Jeremy Riddle)
Lord of light we ask ;
May we walk the blessed way
to walk in your grace.
To show your love-light in our world of darkness.
Open eyes, change minds, redirect perceptions to see
And follow your light and truth.
Pull on our heart strings Lord
And let us shine for you.
We draw near to you
In the deepest night clear as day
The early morning sunrise will warm our hearts.
All things are possible here.
“In the middle of the night
I awake and give thanks to you
Because of all your revelation -light
So right and true.” Ps.119:62
Shine upon us this day and show us the way to heal our land.
January 6 Prayer
‘Hail, Sacred infant, all divine
What a tender Love was thine
Thus to come from highest bliss
Down to such a world as this”
….and they followed the star that went ahead of them…
...they opened their treasures to offer him…
This is a mystery.
That an infant God incarnate would reveal himself to the world.
Reveal himself to not just those that believed and were waiting for the messiah but to all people, of all nations.
They came from afar to follow the star, a sign was given to a world in darkness.
Here we are, our world waiting for deliverance from the pandemic, the crisis to be over and the world as it was.
Today is not much different than then.
Let us not miss the star to follow, the signs that point the way to go.
What do we, His followers have to offer Him?
What treasures do we carry that we may give?
To the king, the priest, the holy sacrifice for the world.
The wise came seeking, not more knowledge but the One they knew to follow that was beyond themselves.
May we do the same.
‘Lord, show us the blessed way to walk
The signs to follow so we do not miss the star lighting
Give us the ability to see beyond ourselves and perceive the heavenly realm
revealed all around us,
Where you are walking, let us walk too
Within your authority, power and rule
The way of sacrifice , the way of love.
King and ruler of all souls
Let us look afar
To come and follow and find Jesus
In the least expected places,
in the humble and the needy, the poor and the lost
In body, soul and mind.
This is our world
May we open our treasures and offer them to You in the world.
This is the mystery.
We offer up to you this day
Lord, show us the blessed way~’
Matt.2:1-8, 1Jn 4:18, Ps.72:1-2
January 5 Prayer
‘Favor and blessing belong to the poor and lowly in spirit.’ Matt 5:1-3
When we are in need, when we recognize our own lack then we are able to live in truth and walk in love.
How do we know love and live in love?
In truth and action.
John tells us 1John 3:16-21. When our hearts condemn us, when we fall short and when we see our own darkness and lowness,He forgives us,
‘Whenever our hearts make us feel guilty and remind us of our failures, we know that God is much greater and more merciful than our conscience, and he knows everything about us.”
He looks upon us with compassion and then tells us to “go and give them what they need.” ‘Feed my sheep’
Jesus in the first blessing that he gives to his followers starts out with ‘blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’
So let’s start here, where we are real and true to ourselves and see our own needs so that we can be moved with compassion upon the world that lives in desolation, darkness and hopelessness.
Let’s begin again and return to truth in action, live a life that is a love offering, like Jesus did, willing to die to our old selves and live for love in the new.
Let us give away the gifts that have freely been given to us.
With Jesus everything changes.
When we give out of the little we have without scarcity, provision multiplies and we still have much more to give.
As we live in ‘a day of our reason in which truth becomes known’ in our hearts we return as ‘creatures subject to the creator, servants serving the redeemer.’ Thus we are delivered, birthed forth as a new true reflection of Love. (St.Bernard of Clairvaux)
Pause and let this truth settle in your soul to pray;
“Sweet Jesus, we cry out;
Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us in our condemning hearts.
We are in great need of a redeemer so we return to Love and desire to live in this love.
We ask for a fresh start to see others in the world the way that you see them, in need of you the only one that makes all things new.
For you are great and created beauty out of the dust.
We surrender to your way of love this day.
May we be your surrendered creatures to reflect the face of Christ as love in the world .”