Clasp

Lord, I would clasp your hand in mine,
And never murmur or repine,
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since it is your hand leading me.

(from the hymn, He Leadeth Me, by Joseph Henry Gilmore, slightly updated)

True Humanness

God forgive us
that we have imagined true humanness,
after the Enlightenment model,
to mean being successful,
having it all together,
knowing all the answers,
never making mistakes,
striding through the world as though we owned it

(a prayer of N. T. Wright, from The Challenge of Jesus, p. 193; photo by Amazos7 via pixabay.com).

Fearless as the Sun

Lord, I pray today
that I would be
"like the sun when it rises
in its strength" (Judges 5:31b).
May I bring light in a dark world;
may I show people the way.
Help me to bring warmth and energy,
and to be strong, bold and fearless as the sun.

(a prayer of @nickygumbel; photo via everystockphoto.com)

Apples of Gold


Father, let my speaking today
be like apples of gold 
in settings of silver, 
in Jesus' name, 
amen.

(based on Proverbs 25:11)

Desires

Dear God,

Sometimes my desires are so strong that they keep me from thinking straight. Like Samson in the Bible, I can become so obsessed with what I want that I forget to ask for your guidance and wisdom. Help me to know whether the objects of my desire are consistent with your will.

(an excerpt from the book, 365 Pocket Prayers, by Ron Beers)

On Miles's Birthday



Lord, the mind reels. 
The heart swells.

How is it even possible that my first grandchild, my oldest grandson, this young man after my own heart, Miles Jacob Hostetler, turns seventeen today?

Thank you for all you have made him to be:
healthy, strong, charming, sweet, sensitive, smart, wonderful.

Thank you for all you have given him:
caring, wise, attentive, loving parents,
a sister who loves him and even says so,
a family that loves to be around him and spend time with him,
an active and brilliant mind,
a fascination with bugs and beasts and birds,
and a warm home, good school, and lovely church.

Thank you that he's so great as to make missing him so hard.
Thank you that he's growing so fast and learning so much 
as to make me insanely jealous of those who get to watch it happen day by day and week by week.
Thank you that for the earliest years of his life I got to see him so often, almost daily at times.
And thank you that even with the physical distance between us, we still enjoy a closeness that brings tears to my eyes. 

Please bless him mightily on his birthday, and on every day that follows it.
Please shine on him, smile on him, and slather him with your favor.
Please preserve his sweetness even as he grows up.
Please give him a great summer this year, and a blessed rest-of-the-year.
Please grant that he may grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Give him backbone, confidence, solidity, centeredness, and a feeling of comfort in his own skin.
Please draw him and keep him close to you, 
grant his every need 
and make even his biggest, boldest dreams come true, 
in Jesus' name, amen.

You Deserve

Day of Travel

Father God, 
please grant me and the lovely Robin 
safe and successful travel today. 

Make smooth paths 
(and flight schedules) for our feet. 
Grant safe and timely travel to the airport. 
Help us to make our flights 
and safely reach our destination. 
Protect us from coach cabin and airport terminal infections. 

Guide our steps, 
guard our thoughts, 
and give us sweet communion with you and
pleasant interactions with others. 
Make us alert to any opportunity to be the means of blessing
to our fellow travelers,
or those who serve them,
in Jesus' name, amen.

Prayer for My Kids and Grandkids


Today's prayer from the "31 Ways to Pray for Your Kids" app for iPhone and iPad...and my prayer today for my kids and my grandkids.

I Come Quietly to Your Door

Gracious One, I come quietly to your door needing to receive from your hands the nourishment that gives life.

Amen and Amen.

(a prayer of Bernard of Clairvaux)

Good Morning, Lord


The sun is risen; 
Me too. Birds are on the wing. 
My spirit takes flight. 

(photo by Danish Upadhyay via unsplash.com)

Anniversary Prayer

O Lord God, 
with each passing year it becomes more amazing to me 
how long--
and how high and wide and deep--
you have blessed me with my bride, 
my wife, the lovely Robin:  
through forty-seven years of marriage, 
and fifty--FIFTY!--years as a couple.

Thank you for yet another year of life together.
Thank you, thank you for her faithful,
giving,
loving,
kind,
passionate,
sweet,
constant heart.

Thank you for all
the happiness we've known together;
the sorrows we've faced,
the struggles we've survived,
the children we raised,
and the grandchildren we've been so wonderfully given.

Thank you for our home, 
health,
laughter,
hopes and dreams,
our yet-unfinished plans,
and our small accomplishments.

Thank you that she has stuck with me, never wavering in her support.
Thank you that I can still make her laugh, usually.
Thank you that she grows more beautiful every day.
Thank you for all of her perfections,
and all of my improvements.

Spare us another year to walk together,
and grant that for us it may be true
that the best is yet to be,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Las Vegas

 


Lord, 
isn't it strange that I live in Las Vegas? 
I would never have guessed. 
And yet here I am, and the lovely Robin. 
I love our comfy home here, 
our neighbors,
our church family, 
the hikes, 
and the trips to see our kids and grandkids.
Thank you for where we live, 
how we live, 
that we live, 
in Jesus' name, amen. 

(photo by julianpaefgen via unsplash.com)

June

Thank you, God, that 
"There is no price set on the lavish summer, 
And June may be had by the poorest comer." 

(from "The Vision of Sir Launfal" by James Russell Lowell)