Give to this Day

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Creator of Life, who calls us all toward a relationship of grace,
A new day yawns, opening its emptiness before us. Before our steps take us to people and places, we turn to the Holy One, to gaze upon wonder and mystery finding fullness of Presence in silence. When we hear our hearts catch, perhaps that is where we are supposed to go next. When our memories capture our attention, perhaps we find what we thought was lost. And when our mindful, chatter clears, perhaps we notice the Other in whose life and death we are inextricably joined. Take into our day, these glimpses of grace that move our lives with gentle strength and joy filled love. Remind us to take into our world, only ourselves.

Creative Peace

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Holy God, who enlivens each new beginning,
Soak in the stillness of this summer morning. Listen and learn from the choir of crickets, or one gentle birdsong or the growing hum of vehicles. As your gaze swallows in the loveliness around you, remember that the unseen stars still exist. Simply wait for Oneness, then fully entrained with all that is, go out and saturate our world with your creative ways of peace. Amen.

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone. Hebrews 12:14

Gardener of our Future

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Gardener of Glory, who allows the weeds to grow alongside the fruit,
Return us to the earth. Remind us through your silent Presence that we work alongside you. Use our bare hands to till the soil of our hearts. Give us courage and strength to remove the weeds that keep us from maturity. Help us to cultivate what you are growing anew in us. Take us to the deep, dark, rich places where we find our fears transformed into branches for our future. As we labor together,  bring into focus the beauty of all that you are creating. Amen.

Matthew 13:24-30

Astonishing Holiness

God of Mystery and Wonder, who brings the morning light to awaken us to something new each and every day,

We don’t want to miss a thing and yet our distractions prevent us from receiving your fullness, our boredom is a door that shuts our ears and our eyes. Often, our lack of faith in something beyond, keeps us from moving forward. Inspire us again with the precious light you place behind every child’s eyes. Produce the kind of creativity in our lives that you designed in each plant, bird and living creature. No matter where we find ourselves, direct us to see your astonishing holiness, surprise us again this day, like all the ones before. Amen.

Gentle Unfolding

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Revealer of Souls, who places unfurls and unfolds each living thing,
For the morning air that beckons fresh and new filling us with a sense of anticipation, we breathe deeply and  give our thanks. Make us aware of being held in your love. Help us live into the mystery of your Presence taking time to wait for you to send to the surface sparkles of light from the deep rivers of our souls. Through these quiet moments, produce in us gentleness, peace and a song of joy to carry forth to share with one another. Amen.

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Ephesians 3:20-21 (The Message)

Wide Places of Presence

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Guider of Souls, who leads us to strength,
Like the ancients, who ventured out into the world solely to encounter You, may this day be for us a pilgrimage where we recognize how you meet us along the way. Give our thoughts a single direction even as our paths turn and twirl with light and shadow. Open us to the Holy given in each person we come across. Remind us to build altars of remembrance in our hearts. Renew us as we gather your Love. Amen

 

“You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.”     Psalm 18:36

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Thank you for following my blog. I am in the midst of many life transitions; empty nest, becoming a grandparent and serving in a vibrant community that extends beyond church walls. I had published Simple Prayers on Facebook for many years but decided that Facebook had more things  that I did not want to read about than things that I did, so here I am. You can reach me at jsalbert@umcgrace.org. Thank you for praying along with these simple prayers, and hope your life is full with Presence and peace.