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Dear Lord,

As we go through these recent weeks, the headlines have been sobering.  From the unrest in Ferguson, to gruesome killings in Iraq, to the ongoing violence in Syria, Israel/Palestine and Ukraine, and then the sweep of the ebola epidemic in West Africa.   Tell us this is not your story.  Tell us that all this violence and suffering is not the final word.  Tell us that your grace and love will master all.

Ah, but you have told us.



In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.   The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.    — John 1:1-5

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 Dear Lord,

We pray that you will pour out your blessings on all those who will lead our Sunday School classes starting this September, and to everyone who comes to learn your story.  Amen.


  “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”   — Matthew 10: 42


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 Dear Lord,

There are times we get busy and suddenly realize that we’ve overlooked something — like (whoops!) posting these daily prayers!  Fortunately, we also realize that ultimately all things are in your hands, and you neither slumber nor sleep.   We live by your grace, and by the graces of those around us.  Amen.


I lift up my eyes to the hills– from where will my help come?

My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.

He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.

The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

— Psalm 121



Dear Lord,


Thank God it’s free (your grace!).

Thank God it’s forgiven (my sins!).

Thank God it’s frequent (gatherings of your church!).

Thank God it’s fun (summer luaus, laughter!).

Thank God it’s faithful (your love!).

Thank God it’s faith-building (your word!)

Thank God it’s for-all (we’re all welcome!)

Oh, and thank God it’s Friday!




 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;  to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,  to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.    For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.  — Psalm 92:1-4


 Dear Lord,

As the work day draws to a close for most, we give thanks for all of those who, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, had a hand in the creation of the Bible.  The scribes, evangelists, scholars, rabbis, pastors, priests and lay people.  All of those who, over the centuries, labored so that we might open a book and read “In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth . . . ”  This holy word has come so far.   Help us go that final distance and pick it up.  Amen.


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 20 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,  21 because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.     —  2 Peter 1:20-21