As I settle into a quiet place of prayer I stop and think of all the ways God has been faithful to me.
How everyday I wake up to the constancy of the sun rising and the sun going down .
The seas waves and the ebb and flow of the tides
The sureness of the solid ground to walk on
And the multitude of faithful friends and family that are there for me
There is a place of rest when you know you are loved,
When you know that there is a God that calls you beloved not a slave bound in captivity.
He calls you beloved, His very own people.
Let this thought roll over you afresh today, sit awaiting this knowing inside of you.
God is offering us a way to live in freedom. He frees us from our captivity . What thoughts and restrictions holds you captive today ?
Sadness , disappointments, future dreads,.....?
We hold all these thoughts up to our beloved who is constant and faithful in every way.
When the ground is dry and the earth cries out in thirst he is there to water it with rain. He is the one who plants .
Let him plant hope in you today to live out your faith with the faithful one .
The beloved who call you his own.
Pause here to allow and accept all the grace and freedom he longs to give you .
God, our beloved faithful friend and lover,
We accept this gift of love from you and give you our hearts to mold and shape into new living plants that will grow and bear the fruit of love .
Here we are, your church . Make us a great body of people that know you and know who we are, the beloved ones.
We are so grateful for all you have given us.
Now make your name known to all of those who wander in the wilderness of fear and captivity .
May we be the ones to offer your hand of freedom.
May we walk freely in the knowledge of being loved so we may love more freely.
We cry out together for our earth to be restored and healed by your faithful hand.
As the waters cover the earth let everything give you praise and answer your creative call.