Who are we God that You care so much for us? Remind us. Remind us just who You are. We need You to write into the story of our lives. The story of Your love. The story of Your sacrifice. The story of redemption, freedom, and the story of Your love. See we can love because You first loved us. So when the storms of life come at us with full force and darkness sneaks in, then it is You who will capture each tear that falls and it is You who will hear each cry. You are here and You have always been here with us this entire time as our friend. You carry us through the dark valleys, You lift us up, and You set us free to live because we are forever forgiven. We have been crucified with Christ and resurrected with Him through the power of Your Holy Spirit. You are for us and we are for You. See not one of us has ever seen You; but if we love one another, then God lives in us and His love is made complete…in us.
Monthly Archives: October 2012
Lord, You seek us, You look for us, and You call out to us when we run away from our problems, our mistakes and our regrets. You reach out for us even when our backs are turned away from You because You know us and You love us as Your own special creation in Your image. We may make mistakes but we are not a mistake. We were created just as you intended. From the dawn of creation You said “Let there be.” So let there be light; the light of Christ that shines in our hearts. Let there be mercy and grace in every thing that we do. And let there be life…this one life to love as much as our hearts can bear so that all people can know that there is no shame or guilt before the One who first loved us. Even before we were created in our mother’s womb You knew us and You loved us, You were there for us and You are here for us now and forever. Thank You Abba, for giving us life. Help us to live a life that’s worth living and to be a story that’s worth telling. In the name of Your Son we pray. Amen.
Lord, there is freedom in this place. There is freedom in this life because Your life paid the ransom for our mistakes. Because of Your sacrifice we have been freed from the mistakes of our past. Because of Your resurrection, death has lost it’s sting. You bring us new life in Christ so that we could know that this life is not the end. We are free to love the way that you love us. Free to give others the same forgiveness and mercy that You have given to us. We are free to live. But we need Your help. Help us to be a reflection of You in all that we do so that others can see You in our actions and know that You are the God that makes all things new. Help us to go beyond the label of Christianity and instead live our lives fully committed to a relationship with Jesus Christ, our Messiah, our Redeemer, and our friend.
Empty us Lord. Empty us of foolishness, pride, and vanity and then fill us with You. You are God. We are not. When we help others, stop us from seeking the applause from the crowd or wanting to be the one seen at the center of the spotlight. And when we do well, then remind us that we are in no way above anyone else because we are all equal in the eyes of our Creator.
The hardest part of love is letting go. Letting go of those we love so that they can live their life and learn from their successes and their mistakes. Help us to understand that what we want for someone else may not be what they would want for themselves because true love is allowing those that we love to make their own choices. We try to control this life, our lives, and those around us but here’s the thing. We are not in control.
You know us, You know what we have done, and You know what we will do…and yet You still love us. You still forgive us. You still accept us into Your loving arms of grace and mercy. Let that be the model for our lives. Father, help us to be more like You. To love more like You and to forgive like You. Cleans us from our sinful ways and make us new in Your image.