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2 Corinthians 5.17

Guide us now, oh Great Redeemer, to a place of community with You and with each other. Engage us with a needy world, so that when we see each other, we see God in every expression. Equip us with the understanding that, “it doesn’t matter if we’re right, it matters if we are in relationship” (Pastor Leila Ortiz) with each other and with our Creator. Give us the strength to let go and let God, so that we can invite those who are thirsty and hungry for more than what this world can offer.

Other’s might laugh and gossip, but God knows and walks with each and everyone us. So let’s walk with each other, not against each other, and let’s do what God does; care about those that the world does not.

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2016 in Conversations with God

 

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Let us be the Church

Creator God, rebuild every good thing that has been destroyed. Teacher, call to us and draw us into Your story. Make us active players in Your narrative and in this community. Clear our eyes to see those who are not safe. Tear down the walls so that we can reach out to those living in the margins. Unbind us from fear so that we can be Your hands and feet. Meet us where our condemnation and our limitations collapse.  Meet us.

You invited us to Your table by taking the lowest place in ours. You humbled Yourself and gave Your life so that we could live. Give us the courage to receive the Holy Gospel and make us alive. Begin the healing now so that we can be the Church that invites all and sees all. Let us not leave this place as we came, but with changed hearts and minds that have seen and experienced the risen Lord. Let us be the Church again. Let us be the Church.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2016 in Conversations with God, Reblog

 

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Speak to our fears

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Almighty God, we come to You because we need shelter. We come to You because we’re wrestling with divisions that bring chaos and not community.  We need to unlearn so many things because there is something wrong with saying words of grace and doing nothing. “Tune our ear(s) to wisdom and apply our hearts to understanding” (Proverbs 2:2) because we need to listen to the Word of God through the cries of the forgotten. Bring us back to being part of the change that needs to happen. Bring us back to being beacons of light in the darkness. Bring us back to You.

We cannot un-see what we have already seen. This past week forces us to see the work that is far from over. You tell us that, “if Your people, who are called by Your name, will humble themselves and pray and seek Your face and turn from their wicked ways, then You will hear from heaven, and You will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). Heal our land. Heal our hearts so that justice will flow. Speak to our fears, our frustrations and our anger so that we can stand firm on Your Word when the enemy is scattered. Deliver us from evil for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen

 

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2016 in Conversations with God

 

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Invite us into a new journey

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Lord, invite us into a new journey today, a journey where we can see the parallels and connections to our life and Your Word. Reanimate our faith, and stir in us the desire to be guided by Your truth.   Raise our consciousness by building our vision on the strength of Your Word because we were never meant to be self-sufficient. We don’t have it all together. That’s why we’re here. Our limitations are only a reminder on why we need community with You and with each other.

“(You) Lord are close to the brokenhearted. (You) save us when we are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Impact how we live, how we lead and how we love so that we “may we be fearless and excited for all the newness that is to come” (Rev. Jon Dephouse).

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2016 in Conversations with God

 

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Love chose us

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Lord, thank you for bringing us into the beginning of a new day, a new week, and a new chance to do better things.   “Open our minds to an awareness of our unbelief, so that we might remember our transgressions and turn with all of our hearts to You, O God” (St. Patrick) because You have faith in us even when we don’t have faith in You.   Give us the courage to close the doors when it’s time to move in a different direction. Don’t let anything stand in the way of Your light and Your truth.

“So many of us spend our whole life imagining ghosts and worrying about the future but all there will ever be is what’s happening here (and now) and the decisions we make in this moment are based in either love or fear” (Jim Carrey). God is love, the One where love comes from, the One who loves us, and the One who is the source of our love for each other. Love chose us and love dwells in us. Let Love silence our fears and insecurities as we ponder the mysteries of faith in the Triune God.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Conversations with God

 

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Let the church arise

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Loving God, make this a moment of awakening. Eliminate the distance that we create between the Creator and the created. Transcend the circumstances of our lives and allow the current of Your Holy Spirit, the waters of grace and mercy, to take us where we need to go. Expand our minds with whatever has shifted in our life so that we can let go of the things that we have no control over.

The only thing that we can control is how we choose to live and what we choose to learn. But we are always teaching each other by example. So make us reflections of You, O Lord, and let Your church arise.

As we journey further and closer to the day when we meet our Creator, we can trust in the truth that no matter what happens, we are safe in the arms of a God who will carry us into an even more beautiful story than what we could have ever thought of ourselves. So let’s just pause now and breathe in the experience of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2016 in Conversations with God

 

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Held in the arms of the Creator

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Awesome Creator, quiet down the noise and speak in our silence. Connect us to Your Word by reconnecting us with each other. Capture our imagination. Lead us in Your direction as we lead others. Change the story that the world tells us because we cannot share in God’s love if we do not share in God’s compassion. Give us the strength to let go of limitations, mistakes and ego because only out of our nothingness can You create a new beginning and new possibilities.

Holding on to what was will only hold us back from living in the present, and we will miss life if we try too hard to shape the future.   All we have is now. All we have is God and each other. So let’s hold on to the truth, the truth that the created is forever held in the arms of the Creator one scarred hand to the other.

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2016 in Conversations with God

 

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