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We need to love

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Lord God, “Your mercy fills the space between our hearts and Yours” (Emilie Kirkpatrick). We’re here because we forget that we are always in Your presence.   We’re here because we need the strength of Your word to drown out the noise of this world.   Speak the truth that pierces through the darkness of our minds and hearts so that we will know that no matter what happens in this life, we do not need to be afraid to live in the victory of Christ.

Because of You, we can be the change. We don’t have to make the same mistakes that other people made before us. We can step outside of ourselves and see each other, one sinner to another, in need of the same grace, love and forgiveness. We don’t need judgment and we don’t need to judge. We need to love and love is the only way that others will know who and what we are.

 

 

 

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Posted by on April 17, 2016 in Conversations with God

 

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Interrupt us

All Saints Episcopal

All Saints Episcopal, Las Vegas, NV

Lord of all, calm our hearts and minds.   Don’t let us doubt You, and don’t let fear rule or feed our thoughts. Interrupt our lives, when we forget the miracle of each breath that You give us, so that we can face these obstacles and not cower or retreat back into the false security of what once was.

Let us let go of our egos and move forward, by faith, into the promise of God so that we can feed the hungry, heal the sick, and be as one body united by the unwavering love of our Creator.

Because of You, our story has been rewritten. So let us dare to know You, to be more like You, to be quick to forgive and slow to anger.   Don’t let our own insecurities inhibit ourselves from ministering God’s grace and doing what is right in the eyes of God. We may not “understand the mystery of grace…but grace meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” (Anne Lamott).

 

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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God’s love is greater than doubt

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Bridge in Minnesota

Loving God, we come into Your presence seeking a revelation of something greater than ourselves.   Give us the wisdom to read, hear and receive Your Word so that we can see our part in Your story: the story of a people that cannot make it on their own and the story of the indestructible love of God.

And “when we feel like we are not good enough to be loved by God, we should remember that God’s love is greater than our doubts. So silence the sounds of condemnation so that we can hear the voice of God, the voice of Grace and the voice of truth. (1 John 3 – The Voice Bible )

Open our eyes to the blessings that we didn’t see before. Help us to recognize the lessons that need to be learned. Illuminate the light of Christ, in all of us, so that we can see that we are all sinners in need of the same forgiveness, grace and love given to all of us at the foot of the cross and the empty tomb.

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Don’t let us forget

 

"Like a rose trampled on the ground..."

“Like a rose trampled on the ground…”

Lord, we thank You for the gift of waking up to another sunrise and the privilege of coming into Your presence one more time.   As we hear Your story today, we pray that Your glory would be revealed to us because freedom is more than just a word. It is an experience.

Don’t let us forget You.  Don’t let us forget those who followed You and led us to this moment. We can’t forget that we stand on the shoulders of those believers who have gone before us and sacrificed so much so that generations after them would be able to know God.

Life has always been and will always be about connecting with God, but the miracle that we all share is that God chose to connect with us.  He connects with us through His Son, on the cross, as He paid the price by becoming guilty for our crimes and redeemed us in His resurrection and glory.

Lord, empty us of our ego and fill us with Your Holy Spirit so that we can stop pretending that we can handle this life on our own because we can’t. We cannot rely solely on our own strength or the strength of others because we will grow weary, but the Word of the Lord shall endure forever and shall eternally be the source of our strength and the strength of our life.   Love is patient and love is kind. Love is Jesus, the living Son of God.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Mother’s Day Prayer

Several years ago my best friends mom made these origami for me.  She is no longer with us and I can now return these gifts to my best friend for her wedding.

Several years ago my best friends mom made these origami for me. She is no longer with us and I can now return these gifts to my best friend for her wedding.

Loving Creator, You gave each of us a mother that gave us life. No matter what, we must honor our parents by loving them as You, our Heavenly Father, love us. We can lift them up instead of bringing them down. We can be thankful for their contribution to our lives instead of forgetting them. We can also forgive them as we have been forgiven.   Each of us has the opportunity to reflect God’s love to all people. So let’s love those that gave us life and give thanks to those who have nurtured, cared for, and taught us even if we were not their children. Let’s watch over every mother who is currently with child. And let us help strengthen their faith and the faith of those around them in the truth of Jesus Christ. And for the child that yearns for a mother that is not there, we pray that the church will rise up for those that cannot help themselves. And for those who grieve for a mother that has left this world, we ask that You keep the memories of love, family and honor ever etched into the memories of their children so that the love of God, that dwells in all of us, will always connect us and bind us together from generation to generation until the end of time.  Thank You, Lord, for the gift of life and for the gift of those who raised us. As we honor them, we honor You. To God be the glory.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Broken Road

This was my twist on the popular love song “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts that I did at church for Valentines Day weekend as a way to say thank you to Jesus for always being my side through all of the ups and downs of my life.

I believe that everything that we experience, good and bad, simply leads us to His truth for our lives which includes all of the ups and downs and everything else in between.  And as I get older, I can see that all of those times, places and people that maybe were not the most pleasant to experience, were merely preparing me to help find my way back to Him.  And because of Him, I can forgive others as I have been forgiven because that burden is finally freed from my shoulder, so that I can really live this life in the way that He would want me to live.  A life filled with grace that is sufficient for every possibility and circumstance that we will encounter on the road called life..

Yes, the road is broken but the journey always leads us back to confront the reality of the cross and the open arms of Jesus Christ.   “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him (John 3:17).”   So if we do not have condemnation from a God that could/should condemn us for our mistakes, then how could we condemn others?  Can we forgive those who trespass against us as we have been forgiven by Almighty God?  Yes, I believe that we can.

We can only share or gift something that we have an abundance of.  We have an abundance of amazing grace, love and forgiveness, so let’s share that gift that was given to us on this broken road called life.  We can’t run to Him by holding on to the baggage of yesterday, so let’s just let go and let God by following His truth and message; that all people are children of God, who are loved as His unique creation, and need to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.  Amen.  

 

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One Love for all

One Love

Lord God, we come into this place today so that we can quiet down the world and turn up the volume of Your Word for our lives.   We come here today with so many questions and concerns that weigh heavy on our hearts, but there is one question that You have already answered loud and clear: Are we loved?   You say yes, we are so loved by God that He sent His only Son to free us from all of the wrong choices and decisions of this world. And it is from that same love that we can have the strength to let go of what once was and be made new and alive in Christ. For there is no ceiling that can limit God’s love and there is no wall or door that can shut us out from His grace and mercy.  Even as we break Your heart with our sins that tore a chasm between us Lord. It is Your Son, Jesus, who is the bridge between anything that would separate us from God. It is Jesus who is the source of our strength and the strength of our life. It is Jesus who allows us to live and dwell in the presence of the Lord. So we stand here, in the midst of our joys and sorrows, and claim Your Son as our Savior, Redeemer and Friend. Amen.

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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