Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Photo: Mr. Dickie in Silver Spring, MD
  • I pray I'll be calm in the storm
  • I pray I'll kept cool in the fray
  • I pray I'll perform in the crunch
  • I pray I'll stay strong through the day
  • I pray I'll have courage to choose
  • I pray I'll use faith to decide
  • I pray I'll make right what is wrong
  • I pray I'll let love be my guide
  • I pray I'll get out of myself
  • I pray I'll stand bravely and tall
  • I pray I'll speak truth and not lies
  • I pray I'll be generous to all.

(Celia Strauss, in Prayers For Every Need, p84)
31 July 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Lord, my god, I thank You for the friends You have blessed me with throughout the years. Those who have held me up in prayer when I have been in deep depression and could not stand alone. Their prayers lifted me up while You did the work that was needed in my heart.
(Billie Gerlach, in Prayers For Every Need, p. 157)
30 July 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Night Is Drawing Nigh

Night is drawing nigh
For all that has been -- Thanks!
For all that shall be -- Yes!
(Dag Hammarskjold, in Promises Of Joy, p. 163)
28 July 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Don't let me be so afraid of aging.
(Marjorie Holmes, in Prayers For Every Need, p. 100)
27 July 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Quiet Mind

Photo: Blackwater Falls, WV by Mr. Dickie

The most powerful prayer, one well nigh omnipotent, and the worthiest work of all is the outcome of a quiet mind. (Meister Eckhart in The Little Book of Prayers, by David Schiller) 26 July 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Beam Of Your Light

Come, Holy Spirit,
And send out from heaven
The beam of your light.
(Archbishop Stephen Langton, "The Golden Sequence," Whitsunday)
(The Little Book of Prayers, by David Schiller, p. 200)
25 July 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How Long?

Photo: Mr. Dickie, backyard Phlox

O God, who made this beautiful earth, when will it be ready to receive your saints? How long, O Lord, how long? (George Bernard Shaw) 24 July 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Answer

In a corrupt age, when prayers are not answered, that itself is the answer.
(Muso Kokushi)
23 July 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Gaelic Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
(Gaelic Blessing)
22 July 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Best Prayer

And the best prayer ... bursts freely forth from the heart to God, when urgency and need put the words into the mouth. Yea, a prayer acceptable unto God can be uttered without words, through the fervent silent cry of the soul, in sighs, longings and groanings of the heart ...
(Ephraim Pretorius)
21 July 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Little Things

Heavenly Father, 
I know you are near, always at work in my life, 
always looking out for my best interests. 
As I seek You with my whole heart, 
open my eyes to see you in the little things. Amen. 
(Promises Of Joy, p. 160)
20 July 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

For Everyone

Photo: (One of our Boston Ferns - Mr. Dickie)

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone.
(1 Timothy 2:1, Promises Of Joy, p. 159)
19 July 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Be Joyful

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
(Romans 12:12, Promises Of Joy, p. 157)
18 July 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Peace Of Christ

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...and be thankful.
(Colossians 3:15, Promises Of Joy, p. 165)
17 July 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Just As I Am

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidd'st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
(Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871)
16 July 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Humblest Praise

O burning mountain,
O chosen sun,
O perfect moon,
O fathomless well,
O unattainable height,
O clearness beyond measure,
O wisdom without end,
O mercy without limit,
O strength beyond resistance,
O crown of all majesty,
the humblest You created sings Your praise.
(Mechtild of Magdeburg, Prayers For Every Need, p. 20)
15 July 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A New Day

Dear Lord, this is a new day.
With new opportunities.
New challenges.
I thank You for it.
(1st stanza of a prayer by Janette Oke, 
in Prayers For Every Need, p. 65)
14 July 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Generous Hearts

Photo: Mr. Dickie - Blackwater Falls, WV

We have so much, and we need so little.
Forgive us our excesses, Lord, and give us generous hearts with which to share our many blessings.
(Fay Angus, Prayers For Every Need, p. 204)
13 July 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

Bless Our Home

Bless our home, Father,
that we cherish the bread before there is none,
discover each other before we leave,
and enjoy each other for what we are,
while we have time.
(Prayer from Hawaii in Prayers For Every Need, p. 112)
12 July 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Good People

When good people run things, everyone is glad, but when the ruler is bad, everyone groans. (Proverbs 29:2 (The Message) in Leadership by John C. Maxwell) 11 July 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Right Living

From the cowardice that dare not face new truth
From the laziness that is contented with half truth
From the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth,
Good Lord, deliver me.
(Prayer from Kenya)
10 July 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Lord, bring healing into the lives of friends and relatives who are in need at this time. 9 July 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus loves me! this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but He is strong.
(Anna Bartlett Warner (1820-1915))
8 July 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Beyond The Sunset

Beyond the sunset, O glad reunion,
With our dear loved ones who've gone before;
In that fair homeland we'll know no parting,
Beyond the sunset, forever more!
(Virgil Brock / Blanche Kerr Brock)
(7 July 2013)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Jesus Loves Even Me

Photo: Mr. Dickie at Emmitsburg, MD

I am so glad that our Father in heaven
Tells of His love  in the book He has given;
Wonderful things in the Bible I see,
This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.
(Philip Paul Bliss (1838-1876))
6 July 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013

My Faith Looks Up To Thee

My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!
(Ray Palmer (1808-1887))
5 July 2013

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fourth Of July Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, King of the universe, look with mercy on those who rule over us.

Grant to our President and his administration the grace to know and do your will.

Let them serve all their subjects in truth and righteousness.

Inspire our Congressmen with the courage to make laws for the good of all rather than the few.

Give our Judges your Spirit of wisdom and understanding that they may discern the truth and impartially administer the law.

And let all the people pitch in to make our way of government continue to work.

(Freedom Isn't Free webpage)
4 July 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What A Friend We Have In Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.
(Joseph Medlicott Scriven (1819-1886))
3 July 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Wondrous Cross

(Photo: Mr. Dickie at Emmitsburg, MD)

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count as loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
(Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
2 July 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

Pay Attention

My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. (Proverbs 4:20-22) 1 July 2013