It’s too Late. Luke 16:19-31 We almost feel sorry for the rich man in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Almost. Then you think of poor Lazarus, covered with sores, hoping for just a crumb of food. All he got was the dogs who came to lick his sores. The following is a prayer which might help us see the ‘Lazaruses’ in our lives.
Dear God, it is so easy to ignore people we would rather not deal with. Give me the grace to notice the forgotten and the ignored, especially the elderly and the homeless. If I can do anything to brighten their day, let me have the courage to do it. Help me to see the unseen. Amen
Jesus remember Me God, help me always to remember that you love every one of us, no matter what we have done. Your Son was given the death penalty, even though he was innocent. I pray for everyone who has been falsely accused and convicted. I pray also for all those who have been sentenced to death. No matter what they have done, they are still your children. Your love knows no bounds. Remind me of that when my heart is too small and judgemental. Luke 23:39-43
Loving God, you dwell deep in my soul. Open me inward to you and outward to those I encounter today. Keep me aware of your presence and power in me. Help me infect everyone I meet today with freedom and joy. Lord that I may experience you love of me today.
God of forgiveness, most of the days of my life. I have asked you to forgive my trespasses against you, but only insofar as I forgive those who trespass against me. Remind me of my need to be forgiven and to forgive. Amen
Good Lord -accept this day as the best I could return for what you have given me. Forgive my slips along the way and remind me to begin to sort them out tomorrow. Until then, I will leave the world in peace to you for a while, to sleep, to heal myself and to wake to serve you yet again. Amen.
Help me Believe “Sir,” replied the official, “come with me before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go you son will live!” The man believed Jesus’ words and went. On his way home his servants met him with the news, “Your boy is going to live!” He asked them what time it was when his son got better, and they answered, “It was one o’clock yesterday afternoon when the fever left him.” Then the father remembered that it was at that very hour when Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” So he and all his family believed. John 4: 49-53
Dear God, You healed the official’s son because he believed in you. Help me to have that much faith. Help me to believe in you even when it is hard. Show me how you work in my life. Teach me to give you my cares, like the official in the story. Lead me to where you want me to be. Amen
Loving Either Way “Stop judging by external standards and judge by true standards” John 7:24 God, you love me whether I am skinny or large, tall or short. Help me to love others who are different from me. You love me whether I am happy or sad. Help me to love others who are mean or angry. You love me whether I am successful or a non-achiever. Help me to love others when they seem silly or don’t make sense. You love me whether I win or lose. Help me love others who compete against me. You love me no matter what. Help me to not judge others and to love others the way you do. Amen.
A moment of grace I see God looking at me with love. A moment of thanksgiving I count my blessings this day. A moment of reflection I recall how I respond to God in the details of my day. A moment of healing I receive God’s forgiveness and strength. A moment of mission I look ahead to tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges.
Loving God, Those who advertise on the media make millions convincing us that nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. Remind me that you look only at my inside. Yes, Lord, please help me ignore what other people think. Amen