Today we all took a moment to consider life and how fragile it truly is.
Please help me to remember first my health and the health of those around me.
It’s written that the body is a temple and it’s a temple you made in your image.
We are the caretakers of what you made. If I am unable to take care of my ‘temple’ for my own sake, may I always take care of myself for your sake.
And, Lord, please bless and stay with those who have experienced the greatest of losses.
Fill them with your light – the same light that guides our souls home when the time has come.
May I always know the value of a dear friend.
May they always know they can count on me
And May I always answer the call.
May the friends you’ve sent to be my chosen family know how dear they are.
And may I take the time to make sure that they know.
Tonight I want to take a moment to add to my counted blessings my closest friends.
Please bless them, each and every one, Lord.
Tonight I want to thank you for my family.
Not the family I’ve chosen, but the family I was given when I was born.
Even when times were hard between us as I grew up and sometimes away, I always knew I was loved.
This is an incredible gift in this world of uncertainty.
Thank you, Lord, for my family.
Today I was reminded of the struggles even Jesus had with doubt.
In many ways doubt and fear are simply marks of intelligence and analytical thinking.
They preserve us and even make us good at our jobs.
However, there is always a time for confidence and faith.
Lord, I feel that I could use your help in this area.
Please help me know when to stop doubting and questioning.
And please help me know when to go on faith.
You give us the ability to do both.
Thank you for helping to guide me to choose the right one at the right time.
In the mornings I try to take a moment before jumping out of bed to breathe deeeply.
As I breathe in I feel the air fill my lungs and just feel lucky to be in my bed, in my home and in good and loving company.
Tonight as I take my last waking breath and slip into sleep I will take another moment to remember who it was who gave me breath.
Dear Lord, tonight I thank you for the blessed relaxation of a good, deep breath.
Sometimes I spend a lot of time on wishing.
I wish for talents that I lack.
I wish for better luck in reaching goals.
I wish to be noticed or congratulated.
I wish for more money.
Lord, tonight I wish for the wisdom to count my many blessings BEFORE I ask for more.
It is in times of greatest need that we learn what matters most.
So tonight I want to thank you for the lessons I’ve learned during my darkest times.
In the hardest moments of my life I have seen what a gift the most basic kindness can be.
May I always remember this Lord and offer the same kindness when I see others struggling with loss and even fear of loss.
There is much made over the light at the end of the tunnel.
And I confess that, as we grow ever closer to the end of Lent, I am looking at that light myself.
What I want to pray for tonight, Lord is the strength to continue to find ways to seek you out even after this observation is done.
Please help me to see your presence in all things and to acknowledge it once Easter has come and gone.
Tonight my thoughts turn to why it is that I so often feel as if I’ll never have enough material wealth to feel secure.
It comes like a gnawing at my stomach when presented with a bill, particularly unexpected bills.
It comes when I look around my home and see only what needs to be fixed or made larger or changed altogether.
It comes when I speak to my friends or family and only see what is missing in our relationships.
It comes from fear, Lord. This feeling of never having enough. I know it comes from fear.
But I don’t always know how to stop it.
Lead me Lord, when the fear sets in. Help me find peace in the knowledge that you will never give me more than I can handle.
Today I was reminded of the importance of empathy.
Not sympathy, where we offer condolences and move on, but empathy, where we actually feel what our fellows are feeling.
It is an important component to service and one that I know I could work on.
Is empathy what you were creating when you sent your only son to live among your people?
Maybe there is a certain godliness in walking in another person’s shoes before we judge where they’ve been.
May I always remember this, Lord.