September162014

Daily E-votion 9/16/2014

Bend me, stretch me, pull me, Lord,
beyond the meager limits I might set…

Bend me, stretch me, pull me, Lord,
in just the ways I usually resist…
 
Bend me, stretch me, pull me, Lord
towards that which I’m most likely to avoid…

Bend me, stretch me, pull me, Lord,
until I am the person you created me to be… 

Bend me, stretch me, pull me, Lord,
‘til others’ needs are well within my reach…

Bend me, stretch me, pull me, Lord,
as much as I need bending, stretching, pulling!

With the grace of all your gentle strength,
bend me, stretch me, pull me, Lord…

~Austin Fleming; http://concordpastor.blogspot.com/

September152014

Daily E-votion 9/15/2014

Before and behind,

without and within

surround us, O God.

Stretch out your hand

to lift us up

to call us out.

Be our sanctuary

and our wilderness,

our foundation

and our trembling.

Before and behind,

without and within

overtake us, O God,

with a flood of grace.

In our worry

in our chaos,

be a mercy

and a judgment,

a confidence

and a mystery.

Before and behind,

without and within

lead us, O LORD.

Mark our ways

for love

for wonder.

Bless us to something new.

Bless us to relationships.

Free us to change.

Free us to life.

Amen.

~ http://revgalblogpals.org/author/rachelhackenberg/   

September122014

Daily E-votion 9/12/2014

Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with God. Speak with familiarity and confidence as to your dearest and most loving friend.  Speak of your life, your plans, your troubles, your joys, your fears.  In return, God will speak to you – not that you will hear audible words in your ears, but words that you will clearly understand in your heart.

~St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)

September112014

Daily E-votion 9/11/14

May this eternal truth be always on our hearts,

that the God who breathed this world into being,

placed stars into the heavens

and designed a butterfly’s wing,

is the God who entrusted his life

to the care of ordinary people,

became vulnerable that we might know

how strong is the power of Love.

A mystery so deep it is impossible to grasp.

A mystery so beautiful it is impossible to ignore.

~©John Birch, faithandworship.com

September102014

Daily E-votion 9/10/2014

An empty heart God fills. Even Almighty God will not fill a heart that is full – full of pride, bitterness, jealousy – we must give these things up. As long as we are holding these things, God cannot fill it. Silence of the heart, not only of the mouth – that too is necessary – but more, that silence of the mind, silence of the eyes, silence of the touch. Then you can hear him everywhere: in the closing of the door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, the animals – that silence which is wonder and praise. Why? Because God is everywhere and you can see and hear him.

~Mother Teresa; Source: Where There Is Love, There Is God

September92014

Daily E-votion 9/9/2014

Lord God, we thank you that it is your will to strengthen us through your presence, through Jesus Christ, the leader of your cause, who is and remains victor among [all people] on earth. Our souls need strength and our hearts need confidence so that in our time we can draw near to you and to your kingdom. Bless us with the Holy Spirit whenever we begin to grow weary. Your Holy Spirit can give us the strength to believe and hope, the strength to see the salvation that is coming to give joy to all the world. Amen.

http://www.plough.com/en/daily-prayers/september/daily-prayer-for-september-9

September82014

Daily E-votion 9/8/2014

Gracious God,
Thank you for the gift of today.
Refresh me. Invite me to discover your presence
In each person that I meet
And every event that I encounter.
Teach me when to speak and when to listen
When to ponder and when to share.
In moments of challenge and decision
Attune my heart to the whisperings of your Wisdom.
As I undertake ordinary and unnoticed tasks,
Gift me with simple joy.
When my day goes well, may I rejoice.
When it grows difficult, surprise me with
New possibilities.
When life is overwhelming, call me to
Sabbath moments
To restore your Peace and Harmony.
May my living today reveal your Goodness.
Amen.
~Pat Bergen, C.S.J.

September52014

Daily Evotion 9/5/2014

A little girl was sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally she spoke up, “Grandpa, did God make you?”
“Yes, sweetheart,” he answered, “God made me a long time ago”.
“Oh,” she paused, “Grandpa, did God make me too?”
“Yes, indeed, honey,” he said, “God made you just a little while ago.”
Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, “God’s getting better at it, isn’t he?”

September42014

Daily E-votion 9/4/2014

O God, I thank you for my friends and all the joys that they have brought.  I thank you for the happiness of sharing work and problems and laughter and for the joy of adventuring and learning together.  I thank you for the chance to love and be loved, not because of cleverness or goodness, but in spite of faults and differences.

~By Avery Brooke, Plain Prayers For a Complicated World

September22014

Daily E-votion 9/2/2014

O God, seeing as there is in Christ Jesus
an infinite fullness
of all that we can want or desire,
May we all receive from him,
grace upon grace;
grace to pardon our sins,
and subdue our iniquities;
to justify our persons
and to sanctify our souls;
and to complete that holy change,
that renewal of our hearts,
Which will enable us to be transformed
into the blessed image
in which you created us.
O make us all acceptable to be partakers
of the inheritance of your saints in light.
Amen.
~adapted from the original by John Wesley; Newbiggin-in-Teesdale Methodist Church, UK

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