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Lord, in all the struggles of life help me always to find sanctuary beneath your everlasting arms. When circumstances make me depressed or miserable, cause me to be joyful. When things go well help me to be humble and sensitive to other people’s worries and problems. Let me walk with you and know your presence. In Christ. AMEN
Lord, grant me to have purity of heart and sincerity of purpose. Let me not allow any other interest or passion to deflect me from the one great purpose of my life, which is to love and serve you. Help me to live with singleness of purpose and be clear always in my choice of goals. Let me not grow weary in well doing. Through Christ I ask it. AMEN
Lord God, I pray today for new ministers starting in their first pastoral charges. As they begin with a mixture of excitement and fear, faith and hope, help them to remain humble whatever the situation they start with. Help people to trust them and to support them. Let them always learn more of you and your church. In Christ. AMEN
“This will be a sign that will last for ever, a reminder of what I, the Lord, have done”.
Isa 55:13 GNB
We have the wonderful faculty of memory. Some of us have better memories than others. Many of us wish we had better memories than we do have. And many in their later years wish they still had the kind of memory they used to have forty or more years earlier! And most of us need to be reminded of God and what he has done quite frequently.
The ancient Israelites needed to be reminded. They were prone to forget God and what he had done as they went about their business, work, family life and making a living. Now God was about to do a great thing. After their nearly forty-year-long exile in Babylon they were about to go home. God was directing the history of the nations and Babylon was about to fall to the Persians. The outcome was that the Persians were going to release the Israelites. Isaiah wanted this event to become a God-centred happening, not a human political celebration in which the Israelites slapped themselves on their backs with the whole thing deteriorating into an orgy of self-congratulation.
Keep God in the centre of the picture! Find Christ in all the comings and goings of your own personal dealings. Learn how to look back and trace God in the events of your life and in the blessings you have received. Thank God for the people who have brought love into your life, and thank him for those people into whose lives you have brought love. Include him in those landmark celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries.
Lord, constantly give me reminders of your love and actions.
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