For the Kurds

Lord God, please have mercy on the tens of thousands of Kurds fleeing the brutality of ISIS. Please rescue these broken towns, broken families, broken people, from further brokenness. Please give them safe passage and safe haven. Please scatter their enemies and prompt the leaders and peoples of the world to do something--to do more--to help, in Jesus' name, amen.

Laudate Pueri Dominum

I praise you, LORD.
I have been so blessed
by men and women who fear you
and find great delight in your commands.

I am blessed to be among them now,
to be one of those who fears you
and loves your Word.

Oh, Lord, please
make my children mighty in the land;
let the next generation be blessed
beyond my wildest dreams.

Grant them true wealth
and enduring riches;
let the walls of their homes be adorned
with righteousness.

Let your light dawns in their lives,
and dispel all darkness for them.
Make them gracious and compassionate and righteous.
Make them generous and anxious to give.
Make them just in all their affairs.

Let them never be shaken;
give them a sterling reputation.
Save them from rumor and gossip.
Make their hearts steadfast, always trusting in you.
Make them confident and fearless.
Give them victory over every enemy, every obstacle.
Bless their efforts on behalf of the poor
and needy
and sick.
And give them influence and honor,
for your name's sake.

Let the wicked look at them and be vexed,
wondering at the blessings of the righteous,
in Jesus' name, amen.

(based on Psalm 112)


Fill my cup, Lord,
I lift it up, Lord,
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven,
Feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup,
Fill it up
And make me whole.

(from the hymn by Richard Eugene Blanchard Sr.)

The Welfare of Your Servant

Lord God, please let
my life,
my temperament,
my marriage,
my health,
my home,
my writing,
my earning,
my spending,
my giving,
my saving,
my growing,
my smiling,
my singing,
my coming,
and going
cause people to say,
"Great is the Lord,
who delights in the welfare
of his servants" (Psalm 35:27),
in Jesus' name, amen.

A Short Prayer for Freelance Writers

Just for today, let me be compassionate with myself.

I forgive myself for not writing enough, or well enough, or fast enough.

I am thankful today for my unique creative gifts. Instead of dwelling on regrets about what I haven’t accomplished yet, I will focus on what I can do now to develop my craft.

Let me take at least one, small step today to put my writing out there.

When my query letters go unanswered, I will remain serene and remember that it’s often not about me or my writing.

I will listen and learn from people whose feedback I value, but trust that my most important guiding voice and source of confidence as a writer lies within.

When opportunities arise, let me evaluate them with clear eyes and have the wisdom to pass if the gig isn’t right for me. I will not let feelings of panic or desperation lead me to make bad choices, but trust that if I do my marketing, the right gigs will come to me.

Because the people who matter to me are important, I will strive to set aside device-free time today in which I am fully present for them.

I will make time to move my body, stay healthy, and take in the beauty that surrounds me. I know it will fuel more creativity.

Grant that I lie down in peace tonight, grateful for the chance I’ve had today to write, to grow, and to send my message out into the world.

(by Carol Tice, on the "Making a Living Writing" blog)

What I See You Do

make me like Jesus in this:
help me to do only what I see
you doing.

(based on John 5:19)