Awesome Power of Prayer
It was a cold winter's day that
Sunday. The parking lot to the church was filling up quickly. I
noticed as I got out of my car that fellow church members were
whispering among themselves as they walked to the church.
As I got closer I saw a man leaned
up against the wall outside the church. He was almost laying down as
if he was asleep. He had on a long trench coat that was almost in
shreds and a hat topped his head, pulled down so you could not see his
face. He wore shoes that looked 30 years old, too small for his feet
with holes all over them, his toes stuck out. I assumed this man was
homeless, and asleep, so I walked on by through the doors of the
We all gathered for fellowship for a
few minutes, and someone brought up the man laying outside. People and
gossiped but no one bothered to ask him to come in, including me. A
few moments later church began.
We all waited for the Preacher to
take his place and to give us the Word, when the doors to the church
opened. In came the homeless man walking down the aisle with his head
down. People gasped and whispered and made faces.
He made his way down the aisle and
up onto the pulpit he took off his hat and coat. My heart sank. There
stood our preacher. He was the "homeless man." No one said a word.
The preacher took his Bible and laid
it on the stand. "Folks, I don't think I have to tell you what I am
preaching about today." Then he started singing the words to this
"If I can help somebody as I pass
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song.
If I can show somebody that he's traveling wrong.
Then my living shall not be in vain."
Justice --- When you get what you
Mercy ----- When you don't get what you deserve
Grace ----- When you get what you don't deserve
May today there be peace within you.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God.
Let His presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the
freedom to sing, dance, and to bask in the sun. It is there for each
and every one of you.
ALL THAT WE HAVE
Almighty God, Giver of
every good and perfect gift, teach us to render unto You all that we
have and all that we are, that we may praise You not with our lips
only but with our whole lives, turning the sorrows and the joys of
each successive day into a living contribution to Your life.
Dear God, who ever
feels the pain of the world: we are grateful that You enfold all sick
and suffering persons with Your love, that in the midst of pain we may
find Your presence. We are thankful to family and friends, to doctors
and nurses who seek to give health again in body and soul.
God of our days and
our nights, brace us and hearten us as we face our daily duties. In
our hours of weariness and discouragement, You save us from self-pity.
In our moments of achievement, You keep us humble. So may we worthily
fulfill our tasks and meet the duties of our day.
FOR LIFE MORE
Gracious God, we pray
that we may help to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, heal the sick,
and better enable Your children everywhere to live a more abundant
LIGHTING OF THE
Lest I forget the
great traditions of freedom and faith which are the heritage of
humanity; lest I forget the pioneers, the statesmen, the bridge
builders, the artists; and lest I forget You, the God of our forebears
who is our God also: I light this candle of
For the hope of a
better world, in which righteousness and peace shall prevail among the
people of the earth, and to create which is the task of the
generations in which we stand, as well as for the courage and faith we
shall need if we are to carry on this unfinished work:
I light this candle of consecration.
May each flame upon
the altar of freedom’s faith shine in our hearts always, reminding us
of the fearful places to which we may carry light and strengthening us
in moments of doubt and discouragement with unwavering faith in You
whom we serve and whose we are.
THE GRACE TO LISTEN
O God, as I grow in
experience, I pray I may keep from the fatal habit of thinking I must
say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from
craving to try to straighten out everyone’s affairs. Give me the grace
to listen to the tales of others’ pains, but seal my lips to my own
increasing aches and pains since my love of rehearsing them grows
stronger as the years go by. Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want
to become a sour old person. May I be thoughtful but not moody;
helpful but not bossy. With my growing store of wisdom, it seems a
pity not to use it all—but You know, O God, that I don’t want to lose
all my friends!
Slow me down, O God.
Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of our mind.
Yet also, wake me up.
Shake the complacency out of my soul by opening my mind to the cry of
the wounded, the refugees wandering without homes, the homeless at
home, and the children who starve.
Steady my hurried pace
with a vision of the eternal reach of time;
Yet also, quicken my
steps with a vision of the urgent action now required to cure the
causes of stunted growth, premature death, battered women, and abused
Give me, amid the
confusion of the day, the calmness of the everlasting hills;
Yet also, alert my
eyes not to the comforting illusion of constancy divorced from change,
but rather to such sharp reality as deep poverty surrounding us at
home and abroad.
Break the tensions of
my nerves and muscles with the soothing music of the singing streams;
Yet also, give me amid
the calm days of our years, a soul which is prepared to cope with the
confusion occurring amidst new creation in the cities and the
countries of the earth.
Help me to know the
magical, restoring power of sleep;
Yet also, break the
chains of euphoria deluding me to think that I am acting responsibly
when I do no more than listen to music which protects my feet from
Remind me of the fable
of the hare and the tortoise, that I may know that there is more to
life than increasing its speed;
Yet also, remind me of
the fable of the astrologer who fell plumb to the bottom of a well,
not seeing his feet while reading the sky.
Slow me down, O God,
and inspire me to send my roots deep into the soil of life’s enduring
values, that I may grow more surely toward the stars;
Yet also, wake me up,
so our eyes may see the people around me and my arms may be open to
embrace the suffering who cry.
PRAYER OF A
Now that the children
are asleep, dear God, I am tired and would spend a half hour in
stillness. May my burning heart feel Your ever-renewing power. May my
clouded spirit be lost in the clarity of Your wisdom. May I not be
annoyed by the little things of life. You give me a large view, a
sense of proportion, so I can truly judge what is important, what is
not. I turn to You for strength to be a fine parent to my children,
knowing how to help them to unfold their dreams, as well as to care
for their bodies. May they grow up healthy, creatively affirming life.
You are the path and
the God that paths never reach. You feed and sustain all that we see.
You are the trembling grass and the tiger that creeps over it. You are
the light in sun and moon, and the sounds fading into silence. You are
the sanctity of sacred books. You are the good that destroys evil.
There are times in our lives when our family,
friends, or even ourselves needs the powers of prayers. Here you can
request that prayers be said to help those in the times of their