Morning Prayer

Father in heaven, thank you for the many blessings you pour out upon us each and every day. Help us to be a blessing to the people you have put in our lives this day. Fill our hearts and minds with your spirit and wisdom so that we may always live as an example of your love, mercy and forgiveness. May your Holy Spirit give us the discernment to be sensitive to the spiritual and physical needs of others. May your blessings surround us and keep us in the center of your will. Amen

Morning Prayer

Loving God, thank you for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, your Son, who gives us spiritual peace in the depth of our being. In his peace we find comfort, and in his peace we find the strength to endure and to assist others who face the fear of illness and dying. May your peace so fill us that we might serve you in the work of your kingdom, and share the Peace of Christ with our neighbors. We give you thanks, O God, for the strength of your Holy Spirit, for it is sufficient for each day. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Walking With Jesus #59

Walking With Jesus
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:21-22.
During these days of the rapid spread of the deadly Coronavirus, most of us are staying at home behind closed doors, and if we have to get out to go to the store we wear a mask to protect us and those with whom we come in contact. We try to maintain at least six feet of distance between us and those we meet. We do what we can to prevent the disease. We may be fearful of or respectful of this dread disease, but we do not need to let it cripple our witness of the peace that Christ has breathed into us in our baptism.
When Jesus appeared to the disciples who were meeting behind closed and barred doors because of their fear, he did not need a key. He walked right through the locked doors into the room where they were meeting in fear of the authorities. When fear has you in its grip you take every precaution to stay in control of your life. Now we are taking whatever precautions we can to stay safe in the midst of this dreaded disease. That is the kind of fear that made them bar the doors of their meeting room.
Then Jesus breaks through their locked doors, through the fear that gripped them, and gave them his peace. He breathed His Holy Spirit into them. The breath of His Spirit brought the peace of Christ into them internally. The first fruit of the Holy Spirit that the disciples received that day was the peace that only Jesus can give. It was a peace that helped them live with the possibility of being imprisoned or crucified. He quieted their hearts in the face of their adversity. He made sure that they knew that His Spirit was in them so that they would be able to face anything that came their way. He went on to tell them that just as he had been sent to them by His Father, so He was sending them into the world to teach others how God so loved them through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus comes to us this day through the locked doors of our fear, bringing his peace to us. This is the true peace that satisfies and quiets our hearts in the midst of fear, adversity, and this wild and mad disease that is killing people by the thousands. Sickness may afflict us or even kill our bodies, but the peace that Jesus has breathed into us at our baptism transcends all of our adversaries, even death. All of the adversities that we might face will still be there, but the power of His peace strengthen us in faith and joy in the midst of them. If we look to Christ, believing on him, no evil is so great that it causes us to despair. His spirit of peace goes with us in the midst of all adversities. We can and should take all necessary precautions to prevent getting this disease, but we can and must rely on the peace of Christ to see us through all adversities that come our way.
Questions:
  1. Where do you experience the peace of Christ in your life today?
  2. How can you be a bearer of the peace of Christ to others in their illness, or adversity?
  3. How does the peace of Christ play a part in forgiving of those who have wronged you?

Morning Prayer

God of compassion, teach us always to trust in you. We are learning from this pandemic that we can no longer control every situation in our lives. Help us remember and believe that you have made a home in our hearts and will work in our lives. Teach us to rest in you, untroubled as we wait for your will. Help us to surrender completely to your love and share your love with others. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Walking With Jesus Today

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights, I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry out or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; be will faithfully bring forth justice. John 12:1-3
The servant figure, as it first appears in this half of Isaiah’s prophecies, represents Israel as God intended it to be, chosen for His service and the dispersion of His Name; the prophet Isaiah finally is convicted that the servant cannot be done by Israel but changes into a Person, who can do all that Israel ought to have done, but did not do. Whether the prophet Isaiah discerned it or not, the role of the Servant of the Lord is only fulfilled finally by Jesus Christ.
There is a depth of beauty, power, freedom and humiliation, and total abandonment of everything but love as God loves in the word “Servant”. Jesus proves he is a true servant of His heavenly Father as he goes to the cross for the sins of the world. Not only did he fulfill his Father’s will, but as He did it, he always gave God credit for all the power and all the glory. He knew His mission was not only to Israel, but to the world. He was faithful and patient in doing his work, in spite of the opposition that He encountered.
In his life, his death and his resurrection we have the perfect example and guide as to how we are to be servants in our earthly lifetime, giving all the credit to God for the power to be a servant, and the glory of the work to God. We are no longer to be slaves to our sinful natures, but Christ, who is in us teaches us and guides us to be servants to a world so they can come to know God and follow Him and live as God’s children. That my friends is who we are called to be. I see just such servants all around me during this Coronavirus pandemic, giving their all, even their lives to serve others.
Questions:
1. How are you serving others during this COVID-19 crisis?
2. How are others serving you?
3. How do you think that Jesus would be serving others if he was here in the flesh at this time of crisis?

Morning Prayer

God of hope, these days seem long in the darkness of this Coronavirus that holds us captive in our homes. Fill our hearts with your peace, and increase our faith and trust in you as we take care of ourselves, our loved ones and neighbors in these dark times. May your love and peace light our way. May you strengthen and comfort those who are suffering from COVID-19, and all those caretakers, and medical teams who are treating those who are ill. We pray in Jesus name, Amen.

Morning Prayer

Heavenly Father, may you teach me again this day, to share your grace with others through distance communication as I, like all my friends and neighbors, are separated physically from others. May I celebrate the joy of being in your presence and being where I am and who I am in you. Stretch me beyond my own self image to the place where you wait for me in the quiet. Merciful God, make me an instrument of your peace and grace. Give me the wisdom and confidence to do your will so that others may live and grow in your grace. In the precious name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

Morning Prayer

Almighty God, thank you for the joy and promise of eternal salvation given to us in our Lord’s resurrection. By His presence in our lives enable us to show the power of the resurrection in all that we say and do this day. Use us to comfort those who are suffering or mourning through the power of your love. Through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, we pray, Amen.

Morning Prayer

Almighty and ever living God, as we seek your presence in our lives this day we pray for a constant dialogue with you throughout the day. We ask to live in a relationship with you that keeps us in a steady consciousness of your presence. Give us a continuing awareness of your voice in our hearts, and your will in our minds. Strengthen and protect those who are caring for others in hospitals and clinics. Comfort those who have lost loved ones to the corona virus. In Jesus Holy name we pray, Amen.

Morning Prayer

Loving Father, thank you for family, friends and neighbors, for our daily bread, for the rain and the dew that brings growth from a parched earth, and for all the ways you bless our lives. Thank you for being with us, in us and all around us as we spend time physically separated from others. May this day we spend time sitting quietly in your presence and listening to you. Protect all who are experiencing dangerous weather this day. Give us the grace to be quiet, to listen for your voice in our hearts, just as Elijah heard you in the silence so may I hear you too. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen