Monday, September 29, 2008

Watch Over Us

Lord, watch over us during our trip.

This will probably be the last posting to this blog until after October 11th.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Lord, replace the whine in my life, with wine.  (Adapted from Oswald Chambers, 14 April)


Saturday, September 27, 2008


Lord, remind me, trouble comes to pass, not to stay!  (Iyanla Vanzant, Faith in the Valley, p. 95)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Spiritual Gifts

I pray that I may be ready to accept Your spiritual gifts.  (Food For Thought, 31 October)

Lord Protect Us

Photo: Mr. Dickie (Longwood Gardens, PA)

Lord, protect us from the hasty politically expedient decisions of our "so called" leaders.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thankful Heart

I cannot help but have a thankful heart because my heart is over-flowing with my appreciation for God and all the ways that I am blessed.

Each new day is a wondrous time of discovery, a time of giving thanks for all my blessings.  (Colleen Zuck, et al., Daily Word For Healing, p. 199)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Work and Pray

Work as if everything depended upon work and pray as if everything depended upon prayer.  (William Booth)

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Gift

Today, I pray for the gift of fortitude.  Grant me rightful thinking and self-control.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

John Denver

Photo: Cape Henry, VA

It amazes me, and I know the wind will surely someday blow it all away

It amazes me, and I'm so grateful that You made the world this way.

(John Denver in Thinking Outside the Church by Jennifer Leigh Selig, p. 306)

Saturday, September 20, 2008


In the Islamic religion, there are five pillars upon which the pathway to God rests: One of them is prayer.  There are five times a day specifically set aside for the practice: upon waking, at noon, in midafternoon, after sunset, and before sleep.  Besides specific times to pray, there are specific ways to do so, including phrases uttered and prostrations repeated while facing toward Mecca.  All these specifics, however, are only to serve the main intention of prayer as commanded in the Koran -- to be in constant communication with the divine.

While the directions for prayer are specific, what is perhaps more interesting for non-Muslims is the content of Muslim prayers, which is universal.  According to Huston Smith in his classic book "The Religions of Man," there are two great themes to Muslim prayer: praise and gratitude, and supplication.

Supplication does not mean asking for things or favors (please let me win the lottery, please get me that promotion), but rather, asking for qualities (please make one more loving, more devout, more worthy of grace and mercy).

Prayer -- however, whenever, wherever practiced -- is clearly a way to connect with spirit.  Much of the collected wisdom on prayer supports the Muslim belief that the most important contents of our prayers are praise, gratitude, and supplication, and that the specifics are only there to support the intent, which is to be in constant contact with the divine.  (Jennifer Leigh Selig, Thinking Outside the Church, p. 41-42)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Take Care of Me

I pray that I may be content today that God will take care of me.  (Alan L. Roeck, Look To This Day, 15 September)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Divine Ideas

Holy Spirit, put your divine ideas in my mind, and point my feet in the right direction.  (Iyanla Vanzant, Faith in the Valley, p. 242)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Remembering Mother

Lord, on this the fourteenth anniversary of the death of Melva's mother we gratefully remember this strong lady who managed to keep her family of eight together under very difficult conditions.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Something of Value

I pray that I may have something of value to give.  (Alan L. Roeck, Look To This Day, 16 September)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Financial Crisis

Lord, protect us in this time of financial crisis.  Bring those responsible for any criminal acts to justice.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Pray For Healing

Lord, we pray that you bring healing to our friend, Janet, during this time of medical crisis.  Guide her husband, Jim, as he deals with the members of the medical profession.  Give wisdom to all of the people who are assisting in her care.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Presence of God

I pray that my loved ones know the presence of God in all that they do.  (Colleen Zuck, Daily Word, Day 173)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Blessing Received

God, thank You for the blessings ... [my loved ones] bring to my life.  May they always know Your love ... (Colleen Zuck, et al., Daily Word For Healing, p. 182)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Lord Comfort Us

Lord, bring comfort to family, friends and co-workers as we say goodbye to Lou.  May he Rest in Peace.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Asking For Help

Lord, watch over our daughter and her friend during the vacation in Europe.  Bring them both back safely to us.

Give us patience as we deal with the many members of the health care profession.  Give us strength to persevere when we have questions or don't understand procedures that they are not bothering to explain.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Your Presence

Lord, we ask for your presence in the lives of all our sick neighbors, friends, co-workers, family and loved ones.  Give strength to all in the medical profession who look after us when we are ill.

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Right Way

I pray that I may choose the right way.  I pray that I may follow it to the end.  (Alan L. Roeck, Look To This Day, 29 August)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Right Thing

I pray that I may not grow weary in my attempts to do the right thing.  (Alan L. Roeck, Look To This Day, 28 August)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Story of Peter

I thank God for the story of Peter.  I do not know a man in the Bible who gives us a greater comfort.  When we look at his character, so full of failures, and at what Christ made him by the power of the Holy Ghost, there is hope for every one of us.  But remember, before Christ could fill Peter with the Holy Spirit and make a new man of him, he had to go out and weep bitterly; he had to be humbled. 

(Andrew Murray in His Passion, Day 187)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A Better Life

I pray that I may willingly submit to whatever spiritual discipline is necessary.  I pray that I may accept whatever it takes to live a better life.  (Alan L. Roeck, Look To This Day, 27 August)

Monday, September 1, 2008

Fruits of Our Labor

Lord, on this Labor Day we give thanks for our training and education and for the good jobs the members of our extended family have had as a result.