New Day

 


Expose and Depose


Lord God, there is so much hate and violence, 
so many lies, 
and so much corruption in this world, 
and so much of it
so well financed and organized. 

Expose it all, Lord. 
Depose the corrupt. 
Deliver us from evil, 
in Jesus' name, amen. 

(photo illustration by Will Porada via unsplash.com)

Happy Birthday, Robin

 

Abba, you have granted me the loveliest bride,
the perfect woman for me, and I am grateful.
Bless her abundantly, extravagantly, today, on her birthday.
As your beauty and grace lives in her and exudes from her,
let her feel your approval in every way
on this day and in all the days to come.
Smile on her. Rejoice over her. Thrill her and fill her
with the awareness of your pleasure
and the rich appreciation of her husband, family, and many friends, in Jesus' name, amen.

Ours and Yours

 


Mercy

Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Lord, have mercy on me, a husband.

Lord, have mercy on me, a father.

Lord, have mercy on me, a grandfather.

Lord, have mercy on me, a son.

Lord, have mercy on me, a brother.

Lord, have mercy on me, a writer.

Lord, have mercy on me, a friend.

Lord, have mercy on me, a man.

Lord, have mercy on me, your child.


(photo by Hassan Saleh via Unsplash.com)


Yet You Hold Me

I do nothing, I give you
nothing. Yet you hold me

minute by minute
from falling.
Lord, You provide.

(excerpt from "Psalm Fragments (Schnittke String Trio)," by Denise Levertov, The Stream and the Sapphire, p. 23).

Highest Good

God, You are the highest good of the reasonable creature, and the enjoyment of You is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied.

To go to heaven fully to enjoy You is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.

Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows. But the enjoyment of You is the substance.

These are but scattered beams, but You are the sun.

These are but streams, but You are the fountain.

These are but drops, but You are the ocean.

Amen.

(from God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse by James Weldon Johnson, by way of the Daily Prayer blog)

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