Psalm 89:2 - "I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens."
Your love is always there, oh Lord! Thank you for sending your Spirit to us. We build our lives upon it. Amen.
Psalm 89:2 - "I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens."
Your love is always there, oh Lord! Thank you for sending your Spirit to us. We build our lives upon it. Amen.
Psalm 89:1 - "I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations."
O Lord, thank you for your endless faithfulness! How wonderful it is that countless generations to come will know your name! Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:13 - "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you."
Through the millennia, we praise your name; we continue to offer and receive your grace and love.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
Countless number of galaxies in our known universe, and yet through the expanse of space you know my name!
Psalm 8:1 - "O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
Your creation surrounds me; no matter where I turn on earth, your majestic glory is there.
Genesis 1:1-2 - "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters."
Just as when the Holy Spirit entered as a wind to the apostles on Pentecost, so too the Holy Spirit was there in the beginning, bringing life to the world. And so too is the Holy Spirit here with us today, if we only open the windows of our hearts and the doors of our souls for it to enter.
Numbers 11:24-30 - "So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again."
O God, you place your Spirit within your children. We are each a part of you. Show us our gifts so that we may speak of your love.
"When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."
After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.""
I think of you always in my presence, O God, and I am at peace. Thank you for being very real to me as I deeply comprehend your Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
We are all part of the body of Christ. To negate anyone is to turn away a part of the Spirit!
1 Corinthians 12:7-11
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
You provide each of us with a spiritual gift, O God; we pray that we may discern that gift and share it with the world in your name. Thank you!
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.
O God, our church ministries may differ, but our goal is the same: to be one with you as you work through each one of us. We praise you for the gifts you have given to us. AMEN.
1 Corinthians 12:3
Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
Your spirit is with me! I call out your name with confidence and praise, because I truly know you and you truly know me!
Psalm 68:34-35 - "Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel; and whose power is in the skies. Awesome is God in his sanctuary, the God of Israel; he gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!"
All that I am, all that I will be, is through you, O God. My power comes from giving up my power. My power comes from you. AMEN!
Psalm 68:33 - "O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens; listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice."
O God, your voice is everywhere! It can be heard in our souls. It can be heard in the smallest particle. It can be heard in the farthest reaches of our cosmos. You, and only you, have been heard for all of time, in all places.
Psalm 68:32 - "Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; sing praises to the Lord. Selah."
I sing to you, oh Lord! In my most heartfelt voice I sing songs of praise to the conductor of the universe!
Psalm 68:9-10 - "Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad; you restored your heritage when it languished; your flock found a dwelling in it; in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy."
You are my shepherd! I need only to call out to you to be led back to my flock - back to those I love.
Psalm 68:7-8 - "O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, Selah:
The earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel."
How Great Thou Art, that even nature itself cries out with joy at the knowledge of your presence!
Psalm 68:4 - "Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds - his name is the Lord - be exultant before him."
Who else but God is worthy of constant praise? Who else but the creator of all - of eternity itself!
Psalm 68:1-3 - "Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, let the wicked perish before God. But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy."
At times it feels as if my enemies have surrounded me. I rejoice in knowing you will give me the strength to carry on - that you know of my plight and are there for me. AMEN
Acts 17:30-31 - "While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead."
I draw ever closer to you, O God. You offer Light and life.
Acts 17:29 - "Since we are God's offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals."
You are a living God! Through you I have come to be; through you I shall live forever.
Acts 17:28 - "For 'In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we too are his offspring.'"
"... Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left..." (Saint Patrick)
Acts 17:26-27 - "From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him - though indeed he is not far from each one of us."
How ironic it is that we often search the world for life's meaning, only to find that the true purpose of our being is already within our very souls.
Acts 17:24 - "The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands."
God, even though I am physically separated from my church family, I remember that you live within me. In my solitude, you are with me wherever I praise your name.
Psalm 66:16-17 - "Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me.
I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue."
I will praise the Lord with all my heart; I will give thanks to God for all that he has done.
Psalm 66:8-10 -
"Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.
For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried."
You temper me with your words of wisdom. You calm my soul with Your love.
1 Peter 3:13-14 - "Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated."
You lead me in the path of righteousness. You lift me beyond my own fear to face each day unafraid. It is not in my name, but in Yours, that I work for what is right.
Psalm 31:15-16 -
"My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love."
Every second of my life belongs to you, O Lord. Every moment of my life is a gift from you. Let me never forget your love endures through all time.
Psalm 31:3-5 -
"You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God."
Even with life’s unexpected traps and snares, you are always there, ready to free me to follow your path to eternal safety.
Psalm 31:1-2 -
"In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
do not let me ever be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.
Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me."
There is no greater strength than the fortress of God’s love. He hears my every need. He lifts my soul to safety.
1 Peter 2:9-10 - "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."
We share the Earth that you have provided; we make our home together through the love that you have given us all.
1 Peter 2:6-8 - "For it stands in scripture: "See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."
To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner," and "A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do."
The path to the Lord’s house is clearly marked; it is only when I close my eyes to God that I stumble.
1 Peter 2:4-5 - "Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
Lord, you are the foundation upon which my future is built; you truly are the architect of my existence!
Psalm 23:6 - "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord, Forever.
The Lord’s goodness and mercy shall lift me up throughout my life.
The Lord abides with me, and I with the Lord, as I encounter all my days.
Psalm 23:4-5 - "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over."
You are always with me. I need only look for Your guidance to know that You are here, even in the darkest of times. Even though I may feel the world and its challenges closing in, You fill my spirit with peace; You fill me with Your joy. Amen.
Psalm 23: 1-3 - "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake."
You know what I need, and you provide. I have faith in You. I know that I can rest in Your love and care. I will not thirst because of the living water you provide. You lead me throughout the good way. My soul is at peace. Amen.
Psalm 139: 13-14 - "For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
You made me. All I am I owe to you. You are the architect of my being, the caretaker of my soul.
Psalm 139: 7-10 - "Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast."
There is nowhere that God is not present. God is always and everywhere.
Psalm 139: 1 - "You have searched me, Lord, and you know me."
You have always known me, O Lord. My task is to know more of you.
Psalm 138: 6-7 - "Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life."
All are welcomed and loved by God. No matter what our stature in life, we are rich with the love of God.
Psalm 121: 7-8 - "The Lord will keep you from all harm; he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."
No matter my course, I am never lost. I am never alone. You know my path, and you walk it with me.
Psalm 121: 1-2 - "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."
Loving God, I know that no matter where I look, if I open my eyes to truly see, there you will be. Amen.
Psalm 116: 12-14 - "What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people."
Lord, I will always remember to give you thanks for all that you have given me. For all that you do for me. For this life you have given me.
Psalm 116: 3-4 - "The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the Lord: 'O Lord, I pray, save my life!'"
Father, no matter how much distress and anguish I may face, I know that you understand my needs. You are with me. You will answer my prayers.
Psalm 116: 1-2 - "I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live."
At those times I feel the most ignored and shut out by the world, I know that you hear me, O Lord. You listen to my call.
Psalm 18: 6, 16 - "In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. . . . He reached down from on high, he took me; he drew me out of mighty waters."
Lord, in my lowest of times, help me to remember that you are always above me, ready to reach down, to hold me in your love and lift me above the distress that I face.
Psalm 18:2 - "The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge."
Father, you are the foundation of all in my life. Upon your love shall my faith continue to be built!
Psalm 17:8 - "Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings."
Thank you, dear God, for always having me in your sight and providing me the refuge I need when I need it most. Amen.
Psalm 17:6 - "I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words."
O God, in a day and age of voicemails and automated help systems, it is so wonderful to know that You will always answer me when I call. Amen.
Psalm 16:7-9 - "I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure."
Be still, my soul, for your way comes from the Lord. He and he alone can provide the guidance you need to reach your destination.
Psalm 16:5-6 - "The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage."
No matter what the measure, no matter where worldly boundaries may lie, you are with me, O God. You set the guidelines of my life. Amen.
Psalm 16:1-2 - "Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, "You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you."
Lord, help me to share with others the goodness that you share with me; help me to be the goodness that is you. Amen.
Matthew 14:23 - "And after [Jesus] had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone."
Even though there are times I feel alone as if in the wilderness, I know deep in my heart that you are with me. I am never alone. Amen.
John 20:19 - "When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”"
No walls, no doors, no fences, no barriers can keep you from being with me. Your peace is always with me! Amen.
Luke 23:55-56 - "The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment."
Lord, on this day I rest my body and soul, to awaken for your resurrection at the rising of tomorrow's sun. Amen.
John 3:16-17 - "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
Father, thank you for sending your Son to your people on Earth, so that all might have eternal life. Amen.
Psalm 4:8 - "I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."
Loving God, You are indeed my shepherd, I shall not want. I will sleep soundly, for your light shines over me, even in the darkest of nights. Amen.
Psalm 56:3 - "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."
Gracious God, I will not fear, for it is not my strength that will see me through, but your love that shall uplift me. Amen.
Psalm 127:2 - "…for he gives to his beloved sleep."
I shall sleep soundly knowing that your love, O God, will guide my soul to yet
another day. Amen.
2 Timothy 1:7 - "For God’s not given me a spirit of fear,
But a spirit of love, and of power, and a sound mind,
To live each day and glorify his name."
Whether aloud in song or inward in heart and mind, whether alone or with others, whether day or night, I give glory to thee, Oh Lord. Amen.
John 14:27 - "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
Father, grant me the faith to have peace within and, in turn, the strength to share that peace with others. Amen.
Psalm 92:2-3 - "It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to your name, Most High,
To proclaim your love at daybreak, your faithfulness in the night."
Lord, May I remember to give thanks to You at all times and in all things, just as You are with me in all times and in all things, day or night, rain or shine, good or bad. Amen.
Psalm 55:16-17 - "As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice."
God, you are always my saving grace, my life preserver when drowning in the challenges of life. Thank you for never turning a deaf ear to my calls for help and guidance. Amen.
Psalm 116:5-7 - "The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you."
Lord, grant me the faith to know that you have compassion that is beyond my comprehension, providing protection to me in ways I may not see with my eyes, nor sense in my mind, yet can feel in my soul. Amen.
Psalm 91:1 - Those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
O God, In the evening I find you very gently in my heart. I abide in your shadow and underneath your wing. I abide in your presence, now and always. Amen.
Genesis 1:5: - "And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."
As darkness settles on me as a blanket, I know it is you, O God, who covers me. Amen.
Psalm 139:2-3 - "You discern my thoughts from far away O God. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways."
Tonight, O God, come close to me as I come close to you. You know my heart and my thoughts as I seek sleep this night. Still my mind as I close my eyes in rest. Still my mind. Amen.
Psalm 91:1-2 - "You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust .'"
Lord, grant us the faith and wisdom to remember that you are our refuge; you are with us. No one is alone. Amen.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NRSV)
28 "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
O God of Peace, lift my cares from my shoulders. As I close my eyes this night, I am sheltered by Your love. I am with You. AMEN.
Proverbs 3:24 - When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
O God, I will rest in you. Now, I will sleep. Amen.