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PRAY WITH LOVE

 

 

May 4, 2020. Prayer 1040.Love Returns
Love comes again. Yesterday afternoon our catbirds returned home from their winter wiles. Think of how differently we are living in the world since they left last fall. It was quiet without them. Catbirds are great communicators. As a spirit totem they symbolize developing new language and paying attention to what words you choose to sing. In Isaiah 55:11 God says “My word shall not return to me empty, but shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Love returns when we see rains water the earth, seeds sprout, and catbirds sing again!
Dear God, I want to be in love with the earth again. Turn these days into celebrations of life coming back to life. Amen.

May 5, 2020. Prayer 1041. Love Heals
Love heals disease. A patient with a terrible disease comes to Jesus, falls on his knees and implores him, “If it be your will, you can make me clean.” In Mark 1:41 we hear Jesus’ response to coming face to face with the fearsome disease, “moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, ‘I will; be clean.’ and immediately the disease left and the patient was made clean.” On one level a medical professional touches you at great risk in order to remove the disease from you. On a higher level, the risk of not reaching out prevents love from healing the world.
Dear God, protect us from the disease of rejection, disregard, and lack of empathy. Let love make us well again. Amen.

May 6, 2020. Prayer 1042.  Love Rescues
Love rescues the times. In Psalm 31:14-15 we pray an affirmation of what it means to live by faith in difficult times. “I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God” My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!” Even when we suffer great distress, our eyes tire of tears, our souls spent with sorrow, our strength fails, then love comes to show us a wondrously different way to live. In living through these days we do see deliverance from our affliction. We do see rescues taking place. We may commit to redeeming the days with love.
Dear God, we are all waiting. We pray that you have us wait on love to rescue us from all our distress. Amen.

May 7, 2020. Prayer 1043.Love Quiets
Love quiets you. In a time of trouble who comes to save the day? Like a mighty one who returns to our midst and clears away the enemy and rejoices over us with gladness, comes a God of great love. In Zephaniah 3:17 we hear these promises that come from a deep and enduring love for people. “The Lord will quiet you by love; will exult over you with loud singing, will gather you for a festival without suffering reproach; will gather the outcast, changing shame into praise, and gathering us all together.” Our dream for our future echoes an ancient dream for everyone’s future.
Dear God, quiet the voices in our soul that come from fear and despair. Let love lead us into our new future. Amen.

May 8, 2020. Prayer 1044. Love Comforts
Love comforts you. The Lord asks in Isaiah 66:8 “Shall a land be born in one day? Who has heard such a thing?” The trials of our children are the daily tasks of loving parents. When living through hard times, it’s good to remember that we are much more than our worries. We are loved. God says, “So I will comfort you as one whom their mother comforts.” Can a nation be brought forth in one moment? It takes great labor pains from many mothers to give birth to a new generation. We can rejoice with each one of them because in their gladness and sadness we love them!
Dear God, on Mother’s Day we remember the gift of all those who carry us with a comforting, consoling love. Amen.