Sunday, November 30, 2014

I Will Pray

I will pray and then listen to allow my Higher Power some time to communicate.
(Amy E. Dean, Night Light, 22 February)
30 November 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Keep It Together

If your Bible is falling apart, chances are your life is staying together.
(Anonymous, 100 Days Of Prayer For Women, p. 150)
29 November 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014


Renew my spirit and my attitude with a fresh and positive perspective, Divine Master, so that I may fulfill my obligations.
(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 41, 24 February)
28 November 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us.  We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of His Word and the example of his life; for this steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptations; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things.  Amen.
(A Time To Pray, compiled by George T. Cobbett, p. 90-1)
27 November 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Your creator has given you the ability to make decisions on your own. With that freedom comes the responsibility of living with the consequences of your choices.
(100 Days Of Prayer For Women, p. 56)
26 November 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Great Trial

Truly life can be a great trial! The more one wishes to be spiritual the more difficult the present life can seem, for as one progresses in the spiritual life, his flawed nature becomes more and more apparent.
(Thomas 'a Kempis, The Imitation Of Christ, Chapter 22, Book 1)
25 November 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Unfolding Life

My life continues to unfold with divine care and direction.
(Daily Reflections, 9 January)
24 November 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014


It is easy to fool oneself about motives, and admitting it is hard, but very beneficial.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 26 September)
23 November 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

May The Memory

May the memory of two world wars strengthen our efforts for peace,
May the memory of those who died inspire our service to the living,
May the memory of past destruction move us to build for the future,
O God of peace,
O Father of Souls,
O Builder of the Kingdom of Love.
(G.A. in The Oxford Book Of Prayer, p. 367)
20 November 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


O Lord, you have made us very small, and we bring our years to an end like a tale that is told; help us to remember that beyond our brief day is the eternity of  your love.
(Reihhold Niebuhr, 1892-1971, The Oxford Book of Prayer, p. 164)
19 November 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Standing Firm

Backyard Dahlias

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall.
(Twelve Steps For Christians, p. 157)
18 November 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Troubles and Temptations

When a man of good-will is troubled or tempted or afflicted with evil thoughts, then he can better understand how great a need he has of faith in God.
(Thomas 'a Kempis in One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 4 May)
16 November 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014


When I see need in the person of my neighbor, Divine Master, may my response be immediate and loving.
(after The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 41, 23 October)
13 November 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dreaming Of The Future

We spend our lives dreaming of the future, not realizing that a little of it slips away every day.
(Barbara Johnson in 100 Days Of Prayer For Women, p. 166)
12 November 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


For outward show is a wonderful perverter of reason, and when you are most sure that the things you are busy about are worth your pains, it is then that it cheats you most.
(Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Chapter VI, 13)
11 November 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Natural Resources

White Dogwood in front yard, changing color
Photo by Melva

Heavenly Father, generous provider of all good gifts, teach us to live wisely on this fair earth.

Bless our efforts to restore a healthful environment, to make the air clean, the water pure, and the soil rich.

Let food abound on land and sea, and grant that it may be so distributed that hunger may threaten the world no more;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
(A Time To Pray, compiled by George T. Cobbett, p. 78)
7 November 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Be With All

Emmittsburg, MD

Dear God, be with all who are facing health issues or death today in fear or loneliness.
5 November 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Give Generously

Give generously ... and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
(Deuteronomy 15:10 (NIV))
4 November 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014


Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones; and when you have ... accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.
(Victor Hugo in Peace Flowing Like A Gentle River, 3 November)
3 November 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014


... other people's opinions do not determine your potential.
(Joel Osteen, Become A Better Person, p. 12)
2 November 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014


I can practice silence in the face of anger or outrage. I can turn away from an unhealthy situation.
(Amy E. Dean, Night Light, 2 April)
1 November 2014)