March 31, 2012

Loving God . . .

Loving God,

Your eternal watchfulness keeps me safe from harm. I am filled with a great happiness when I feel your endless love for me. Thank you for your care for me, one of your children.

Read: John 19:28-37

March 30, 2012

Most forgiving Lord . . .

Most forgiving Lord,

Again and again you welcome me back into your loving arms. Grant me freedom from the heavy burdens of sin that weigh me down and keep me so far from you.

Read: John 19:28-37

Lord . . .

Lord,

All I want is to be faithful to you in my life, but so often I fail. Free me from my many sins and guide me to the life I will share with you. I wait for your promise to be fulfilled with great hope in my heart and your praise on my lips.

Read: John 19:28-37

March 28, 2012

Loving Creator . . .

Loving Creator,

I know in your great love for me, you see the deep sorrow in my heart. Hear my prayers which are offered with such trust in you. Be with me in both mind and heart as I renew my life in your Spirit.

Read: John 19:28-37

March 27, 2012

Loving God . . .

Loving God,

You have heard my complaints, my impatience. Sometimes I become frightened when I move away from you. Guide my heart back to you. Help me to think beyond my own wants and to desire only to do your will. Thank you for the many blessings in my life and for the ways I feel your presence.

Read: John 19:28-37

God of Love . . .

God of love,

I know that you are the source of all that is good and graced in my life. Help me to move from the life of sin to which I so often cling, into the new life of grace you offer me. You know what I need to prepare for your kingdom. Bless me with those gifts.

Read: John 19:28-37

March 25, 2012

My Loving Lord . . .

My loving Lord,

It's so hard to love the world sometimes and to love it the way Jesus did seems impossible. Help me to be inspired by his love and guided by his example. Most of all, I want to accept that I can't do it alone, and that trying is an arrogance of self-centeredness. I need you, dear God, to give me support in this journey. Show me how to unlock my heart so that I am less selfish. Let me be less fearful of the pain and darkness that will be transformed by you into Easter joy.

Read: John 19:16b-27

To God be the glory Spirit, Father, Jesus Christ



"There Is A Sound"

There is a sound in the highest place
Of exaltation
Of unending praise

Here on the ground
On our brightest day in affectation
Of a coming reign

Peace on earth, let there be
Peace on earth, let there be
Peace on earth, let there be
Peace

Behold the lamb of God
Who takes away our sin
Behold the lamb of God
Who makes us whole again
Have mercy

He alone is holy
He alone most high
To God be the glory
To God be the glory
Spirit, Father, Jesus Christ

He alone is holy
He alone most high
To God be the glory
To God be the glory
Spirit, Father, Jesus Christ

There is a love, like the brightest day
When all is glowing
In unending praise
A beat in the chest like a hammer sound
Like something waking

To a coming reign

Peace on earth, let there be
Peace on earth, let there be
Peace

He alone is holy
He alone most high
To God be the glory
To God be the glory
Spirit, Father, Jesus Christ

He alone is holy
He alone most high
To God be the glory
To God be the glory
Spirit, Father, Jesus Christ

Behold the lamb of God
Who takes away our sin
Behold the lamb of God
Who makes us whole again

He alone is holy
He alone most high
To God be the glory
To God be the glory
Spirit, Father, Jesus Christ

He alone is holy
He alone most high
To God be the glory
To God be the glory
Spirit, Father, Jesus Christ

March 15, 2012

The Broken Things of Earth

Christ is building His kingdom with the broken things of earth. People desire only the strong, successful, victorious, and unbroken things in life to build their kingdoms, but God is the God of the unsuccessful--the God of those who have failed. Heaven is being filled with earth's broken lives, and there is no "bruised reed" (Isa. 42:3) that Christ cannot take and restore to a glorious place of blessing and beauty. He can take a life crushed by pain or sorrow and make it a harp whose music will be total praise. He can lift earth's saddest failure up to heaven's glory. ~J.R. Miller

The treasure of a lost love

Weeping inconsolably beside a grave will never bring back the treasure of a lost love, nor can any blessing come from such great sadness. Sorrow causes deep scars, and indelibly writes its story on the suffering heart. We never completely recover from our greatest griefs and are never exactly the same after having passed through them. Yet sorrow that is endured in the right spirit impacts our growth favorably and brings us a greater sense of compassion for others. Indeed, those who have no scars of sorrow or suffering upon them are poor. "The joy set before" (Heb. 12:2) us should shine on our griefs just as the sun shines through the clouds, making them radiant. God has ordained our truest and richest comfort to be found by pressing on toward the goal. Sitting down and brooding over our sorrow deepens the darkness surrounding us, allowing it to creep into our heart. And soon our strength has changed to weakness. But if we will turn from the gloom and remain faithful to the calling of God, the light will shine again and we will grow stronger. ~J.R. Miller