Photo: Mr. Dickie (Crepe Myrtle)
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3)
Photo: Mr. Dickie posting an Arrow Prayer
I pray that I may submit to the laws of nature and to the laws of God. I pray that I may live in harmony with all the laws of life. (Alan L. Roeck, Look To This Day, 26 August)
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Today help me see myself as a whole person, worthy of love and care and respect as I grow ... Help me accept who I am, and to become the best I can be. (Body, Mind, and Spirit, 18 August)
The spirit of God is my companion, lovingly assuring me that wherever I am, I am always on sacred ground and always enfolded in God's healing light. (Colleen Zuck, et al., Daily Word For Healing, p. 151)
Photo: Mr. Dickie (Old and New Lighthouses at Cape Henry, Fort Story, Virginia)
I give thanks for all I have been; all I have had; and all I am becoming. (after Iyanla Vanzant, Acts of Faith, 6 Augutst)
Photo: Mr. Dickie (Church in Cumberland, MD)
This is a day which God has given into my hands. Today is all the time I have. Nobody can keep me from using it well. If I make this a good day, tomorrow can be even better. (One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, 6 August)
Photo: Mr. Dickie (Jellybean Swirl)
How wonderful, O Lord, are the works of your hands, the sun and the stars, the valleys and the hills, the rivers and lakes all disclose your presence. The beasts of the field, the birds of the air bespeak your wondrous will. In your goodness you have made us able to hear the music of the world, a divine voice sings through all creations. (Hebrew prayer, p. 222, Thinking Outside the Church, Jennifer Leigh Selig)
Today is the anniversary of the day on which the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on the civilians of Hiroshima, killing and maiming many thousands of fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, grandparents and children. Since that time, the Bomb has been a member of all our families, looming over our lives with the mysterious power to change our future in hideous ways. We can't go back to a prenuclear world, but for the sake of all our families, immediate and global, we must use our creativity to clean up our postnuclear act.
Today I'll remember the families of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and pray for the safe future of our human family.
(Family Feelings, Martha Vanceburg and Sylvia W. Silverman, 6 August)
Photo: Mr. Dickie (Grotto of Lourdes - Emmitsburg, MD)
Please remind me that my days are numbered. Teach me that my time here in this life is precious so that I will not waste it. Help me to recognize how precious every moment is so that I spend it doing those things that will bring me closer to You. In the time I have left, please teach me how to serve You, Dear God. Teach me how to give joyously, share willingly, and love totally. Remind me that I cannot serve in greed, doubt, fear, or anger. Fill my soul with Your light, so that Your bountiful blessings will shine through my soul into the world. Each day that I awake, I pray that You will be present in my thoughts, my words, and all of my deeds. I ask that every moment that I have left in this life be a channel through which some measure of Your love and light may reach those with whom I come into contact.
(Iyanla Vanzant, Faith in the Valley, p. 185)
Photo: Mr. Dickie (Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, first American saint, Grotto of Lourdes, Emmitsburg, MD)
Give me grace this day to put my trust in Thee (John Baillie, A Diary of Private Prayer, 29th day)