Saturday, December 29, 2007


In two days we are introduced to 2008. It seems surprising we have made it this far considering all the angst created by Y2K...does anyone remember that?

Gratefully, what many feared would happen didn't happen. And if it did...I may not be writing this to post, unless it was written on paper and nailed to a door ala Martin Luther. This being said, might I share six prayers that we might lift up as we enter into 2008. I suggest we pray one a day. It might help us get the New Year off to an even better start, especially as our well intentioned resolutions begin to wane.

Good Morning, Lord. What are you up to today? I want to be part of it. Amen. (Robert Schuller).

Gracious and holy God, give me wisdom to perceive you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, eyes to behold you, a heart to mediate on you, and a life to proclaim you; through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. (Saint Benedict)

Oh that you wold bless me indeed and enlarge my territory; that your hand would be upon me, and that you would keep me from evil; so that I may not cause pain. (Jabez)

Lord, take me where you want me to go. Let me meet who you want me to meet. Tell me what you want me to say. And keep me out of your way. (Father Mychal Judge)

God, give me your Spirit of wisdom for the decisions of today. Keep my eyes on you to avoid any discouragement that may come my way. Alert me to opportunities you want me involved. In Jesus' name, Amen. (Apostle Paul)

God, keep me in your glorious presence without fault and with great joy. May I keep before me that you are the only God and Savior who I will give glory, majesty, power and authority in my life. (Apostle Paul)

Whatever our prayers this year, may we find the strenght we need, optimism to keep believing and persistence to never quit. HAPPY NEW two days!

1 comment:

redtown said...

Thank you for these prayers. Could you please cite the two quotes of Paul?

Here are some more words of encouragement by Father Mychal Judge, the late NY fire chaplain and "the saint of 9/11". This was his last sermon on Sept. 10, 2001. It was addressed to firefighters, but it's really meant for all of us --

"You do what God has called you to do. You go out and do the job. No matter how big the call, no matter how small, you have no idea of what God is calling you to do, but God needs you. He needs me. He needs all of us. God needs us to keep supporting each other, to be kind to each other, to love each other….

"We love this job, we all do. What a blessing it is! It’s a difficult, difficult job, but God calls you to do it and indeed, He gives you a love for it so that a difficult job will be well done.

"Isn’t God wonderful ?! Isn’t He good to you, to each one of you, and to me? Turn to God each day -- put your faith, your trust, your hope and your life in His hands. He’ll take care of you, and you’ll have a good life.
And this firehouse will be a great blessing to this neighborhood and to this city. Amen."