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It is always time to be led by the Holy Spirit

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“God our provider, You have not fed us with bread alone, but with words of grace and life” (ELW p. 64). Lord, stop our confusion because we seem to always be running to or from something. Always going in circles. Remind us that You are always right beside us.

We come here because we want more. We want a deeper relationship with You and with each other. We want to learn how to live a more fulfilling life. We want to know that we belong. We want so many things but the only thing standing in our way is doubt and fear. And the only thing stronger than our doubts and fears is You, the God who loves us so much that You sent Your only Son to die so that we could see just how much we are worth to the One who created us.

There is a time when we have to lead others but it is always time to be led by the Holy Spirit so that we can know that life is worth living.   Give us the knowledge that illuminates the world and the courage to believe in the impossible again. Let us be Your witnesses, Your advocates, and the ones who tell Your story. And when the world throws our mistakes back at us, we have the Word of God that tells us that “God has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12) and that “this world is not our home” (1 Peter 2:11).

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in Conversations with God

 

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Everything starts with God

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God of today, tomorrow and yesterday we thank You for the time that You gift us in this life.   Help us to see that You are our shield from an unforgiving world. Create clarity in this moment so that we can let go of things that don’t matter.   Reveal to us the things that we need to strip away so that we can clearly see our purpose in Your story.

Everything starts with an idea…a vision. Be the vision that is the foundation of each thought we have. So that every word we say and every step we take is rooted in the truth of the Word of God.

“For not our righteousness but the righteousness of Christ, reconciled us to God and redeemed us from sin” (Martin Luther). Because of Christ, we can be the voice for those too afraid to speak. Because of Christ, we can be the change needed to impact this world. Because of Christ, we know God’s love. And we “encounter God every time we encounter love” (Rev. Jeff Hood). So let us experience love now and forever.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2016 in Conversations with God

 

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Remind us what we’ve forgotten

Remind us what we’ve forgotten

Light of the world, chase away the darkness in our lives and in our hearts.   Strengthen us to speak truth even if our voice shakes. Remind us why we hope and what we hope for because, “the world can’t be fixed now…it has to be healed. And healing is not an event. It’s a process” (Marianne Williamson).

Remind us what we’ve forgotten: that we are all co-inhabitants of the same world house and have to live together. Shift our thinking, so that we can see Your light in each and every person that comes our way.

 

As we wait for You, we dwell in the mystery of faith and the glory of the gospel: that You humbled Yourself and became one of us so that Hope would overcome anguish, regret and fear.   You are the bridge that closes the gap between the divine and the human, the lost and the found, the sinners and the saints. That’s why we seek Your presence. That’s why we’re here. That’s why we live.

 

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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By Faith we can see

By Faith we can see

Lord God, thank You for the gift of life and the people that you have put in our path. Thank You for those who have gone before us. Guide us as we pave the way for those yet to come. “Search us, oh Lord, and know our heart. Test us and know our anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in us and lead us in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139: 23-24).

By faith we can see Your works all around us. And it is by faith that we are called to go into the lives of those we know and those who we don’t know and share the good news that tears down the mountains of doubt and fear. Center our hearts and minds in You so that we can be a sanctuary for the broken souls of this world.

When the world turns cold and dark remind us that You are forever with us and that we never face these mountains alone. “Scripture, Christ, Grace, Faith and the Glory of God alone” (Martin Luther) gives us the strength to face anything that comes our way.

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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Transcend the errors in our thoughts

Praying Hands Christian Stock ImageGreat Redeemer, thank You for Your Living Word that abides within us. We’re sorry when we’re silent about our sins and all the ways that we stray from You. We pray that You would speak truth into our silence and open our ears to hear the whispers of Your Holy Spirit by anchoring us in Your Word.

Open our eyes to the glimpses of our own humanity so that we can understand “that there is not one thing that we can do to make God love us any more, or any thing that we can do to make God love us any less” (Rev. Ed Bacon). All we need to do is seek the One who is always seeking us.

Transcend the errors in our thoughts so that we can “put away all bitterness, wrath, malice and anger… (Show us how to) be kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving of one another, as God in Christ has forgiven us” (Ephesians 4:31-32). Yes, we “sin continually. But Christ has died, and forever lives (within us), as our Redeemer, priest, advocate and King” (Martin Luther).

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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Let our sins fall down

Tree in front of my friend Jeff's grave at Palm Mortuary, Las Vegas, NV.

Tree in front of my friend Jeff’s grave at Palm Mortuary, Las Vegas, NV.

Almighty God, thank You for time. Each moment is created because of You. So as the leaves fall down to the ground, let our sins fall and be swept away by the winds of Your Holy Spirit.

We’re sorry for messing up, for acting before thinking, for doing things to others that we would not want done to ourselves.  You know all of our sins but You do not call us by our sin…You call us by our name with the full authority of Love. Love, that knew us before our creation. Love, that still knows us today. And Love that will be with us until the end of time.

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety or possessions – we cannot be free” (Thich Nhat Hang). But because of You, Jesus, we can let go of all these things and be led to new possibilities, new opportunities and to a new life.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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Use words only when necessary

Memorial of four girls killed in the 16th Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham Alabama on September 15, 1963

Memorial of four girls killed in the 16th Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham Alabama on September 15, 1963

Author of life, reconnect us to the human story by anchoring us in Your truth. The truth, that tells that us that we are all beloved children of the most high God. We have been right, we have been wrong, but we have always belonged to You O Lord.

Thank You for Your forgiveness and mercy. Deconstruct our insatiable need to conform to a world that is not our home. Teach us how to unlearn anything that is not of God. Bring us back to where all humanity is one family in the kingdom of God.

Unite our hearts so that we will love and serve all people living in the margins of life. “We will never change the world by going to church. We will only change the world by being the church” (Unfundamentalists Christians). So let us “go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15) using our words only when necessary.

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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Stop the fighting

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O Great Redeemer, thank You for another day. Thank You for Your forgiveness and Your mercy.   Thank You for Your grace, that surrounds us no matter what we’ve done or not done.   Lord, give us the wisdom to understand that in this house there is no class, no race, no gender or anything that would separate us from our creation.   There is no us or them. There are only broken sinners in need of community with God and with each other.

Stop the fighting. Stop us from sharpening our knives while we confess our sins to You and to each other.   It’s time to take care of the family of God. It’s time to take care of this world. It’s time to “take care of this house, for this house is a home for us all” (From the musical “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” by Alan Jay Lerner / Leonard Bernstein).

“This step is once again our first. There is no journey gone so far (that) we cannot stop and change direction. Our hands can choose to drop the knife. Our hearts can choose to stop the hating. Every moment of our life is the beginning” (From the musical “Children of Eden” by Stephen Schwartz) not the end of God’s dream for our lives.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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Speak into the silence of every uncomfortable moment

Cathedral of St. Philip.  Atlanta, GA.

Cathedral of St. Philip. Atlanta, GA.

Great Redeemer, You liberate us from our mistakes and allow us to reclaim our identity as children of God. And even though we would like to just jump into our destiny, guide us through each step of this journey and launch us into new possibilities.

Renew our commitment to the new covenant and help us to understand Your truth, especially when we don’t want to understand. Stop us from arguing with each other on who is right and who is wrong because “we cannot evangelize if we demonize each other” (T.D. Jakes). Bring us back to being the children of God who simply love as they are loved.

At some point in time, we will all have to face ourselves and see what we did with this life. Lord, speak into the silence, speak into the brokenness and speak into every uncomfortable moment so that our “life would speak more loudly than our lips”(William Ellery Channing). Let this world see more of You in each and everyone of us.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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Courage to look at ourselves

Stained Glass window at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Henderson, NV

Stained glass window at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Henderson, NV

Lord Jesus, You are the One who bore the cross for all of our sins so that we could live.  Create a space within, where change can happen in our hearts and minds because we’re guilty of doing “anything…to avoid facing (our) own souls.” (C.G. Jung) Give us the courage to look at our own hearts and see what You see and not what we want to see.

We are not the activators of our own healing or growth. You are.   So strengthen us to take up our cross and walk with You. Help us to tell a different story of compassion. A story where we feed the hungry, aid the sick, and give to the poor because “whatever (we) did for one of the least of these (we) did to (You).” (Matthew 25:40)

Lord God, don’t let anything stop us from embracing the truth that we can make a difference in this world. Remind us that it’s not about tomorrow or yesterday. It’s about today. Right now, right here, with the God who will never leave our side. In the name of the all knowing and ever loving God we pray. Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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