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Don’t let us forget

 

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God of comfort, envelop us in Your truth. Stop us from pointing fingers and remind us that we are unified by our humanity.   Lead our hearts into Your presence. Forgive us when we forget You and each other. Instead, create a community of grace and action. Send us out there, outside of what is familiar, to the places that need grace the most, so that we can be part of building Your kingdom here in this place and in our hearts.

“When something bad happens, we have three choices: we let it define us, we let it destroy us, or we let it strengthen us,” (Frank Langela).   Strengthen us, O Lord, to see and hear the needs of Your people. So many lives that we need to see, remember and honor. Don’t let us ever forget.   Don’t let us forget.

 

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Posted by on September 11, 2016 in Conversations with God

 

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Unite us in the solution of the Gospel

Great Defender, we come here for sanctuary because “where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17) and no one is excluded from the grace of God. We’re here because we can’t see what You see, we can’t hear what You hear and we can’t feel what You feel. Open up the depths of our humanity to the awareness of Your compassion. Stop us from pointing fingers. Unite us in the solution of the Gospel of God’s love which “does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (and it) never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:6-8).

We have a lot of work to do. Lord, show us today how we can repair the wounds that divide us. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all” (Galatians 6:9-10) so that it shall be on earth as it is in heaven, just as the Father has always intended it to be.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2016 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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Build us up

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Thank You for awakening us in to a new day that we have never seen.   Surrounded by chaos, we enter into Your presence with praise as You enter our circumstances with the power of hope. Remind us, that no matter what pit we have dug ourselves into or that others have left us in, that the love of God is deeper still and envelops us throughout the good days and the bad.  For “the will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us. “ (Billy Graham) And not matter where we are, “we can never go where God is not.” (Toby Mac)

Through our faith we have a purpose, and because of Jesus Christ we have been appointed to stand by others as God stands by us. So let our words and actions not harm each other.   Let our prayers and thoughts uplift one another to build God’s kingdom here on earth, as it is in heaven, so that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, friend and advocate for all of us.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Breathe New Life

Bridge in Minneapolis, MN

Bridge in Minneapolis, MN

Almighty Creator, breathe new life onto us.   Wash away the ugliness of sin and make a message out of our messes.   Let the glory of the Lord walk through us, minister to us and speak to us now by breaking down the walls that cause us to be strangers to each other.

Give us the courage to reach across the room, the street, or whatever stands before us, so that we won’t miss an opportunity to bring people closer to the gospel by letting Your light shine brighter than anything else in our life. Let people see You in us.

Prepare us for the mountains and valleys. Nurture us as we grow in faith.   And remind us that no matter where we go that God goes with us always.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Our provider

Youth from Atonement Lutheran Church, MNJehovah Jireh, You are the God that provides. The One who sees what we can’t see. You see our heart and who we really are.   Although Your footprints are no longer on this earth, the imprint of everything that You stand for lives on in all of us.

Talk to us Lord. Speak to us now and reset our minds so that we can see glimpses of heaven and know the eternal truth of grace: that even as time slips away we will always be in the presence of our Creator. We will always be in the presence of love. We will always be in the presence of mercy and grace.

Lord, don’t let us miss this life and don’t let us work against You. Restore our faith so that we can see that there can be miracles, the miracles of friendship, love, kindness and compassion, which are all just reflections of the love and sacrifice shown to us on the cross.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Your Spirit lives on

My mom's handwriting in Visaya.

“God is still speaking” (My mom’s handwriting in bisaya)

“Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.” Ecclesiastes 5:2

Lord, be glorified in our hearts today.   You are in heaven and we are on earth, so let our words be few as Your truth surrounds us today. Repair what is broken in us so that we can go boldly to Your throne and seize Your Word and never let it go.

Remind us that we were not born with fear. Fears are finite but God is infinite.  So even though Your footprints are no longer on this earth, the imprint of Your spirit lives on within us in every moment of our lives.

You see what people can’t see.   You see beyond the walls that we build. You see our hearts. You see us. Let us all just have an amazing encounter with You as Your story unfolds before us. The story of love and how love always wins, how love endures beyond the wreckage of time, and how God’s love will bring healing to all things.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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