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Goldsboro prayer

18 Jul

When I return to nature,  dear Lord, I reform in you. Give me strength to carry this peace into each day, and to not be distracted by the evil fear that drives men’s hearts to hate. Let me be a loving example to lead others back to you. And when I fail, as I surely will, I pray you show me mercy and grace. 

Thoughts on prayer

1 Nov

Prayer is good for the soul. Even when you think no one is listening, they are. Besides, to express your inner most thoughts whether silently or verbally, even to yourself, is cleansing. God works in mysterious ways, maybe that release is why we’re encouraged to pray. I think maybe prayer is more for us than it is for Him, and that it is a good thing. I bet He knows that.

Jesus encouraged us to pray, prayed himself, and gave us some great advice on how to do it. It’s recorded in Matthew:

Matthew 6:5-8 NIV

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Verses 6:9-13 then lay out what is commonly referred to as “the Lord’s prayer”. Like so many of the direct quotes from Jesus, it is some of the most profound, eloquent, beautiful, and insightful words into the human condition and our relationship with God that have ever been spoken.

Why then are sermons focused on this advice, or standard church sermons on any topic, so often followed by verbose exhortations to God about what we need and bombastic words of worship? Are we trying to impress God, or each other?

I should be writing other things right now, not on the blog, in preparation for going back to grad school. But this has been on my mind for several days (weeks really) so I wanted to get it off my chest. Keep praying, it really is good for you. And when you do it, listen to yourself. 1) It will help you focus the words you’re lifting up to God, and 2) even if you don’t believe, at least somebody will be listening. And listening to yourself can be a very good thing too. May we each have a blessed and appreciative day. Peace.

There’s no finer place to pray or way to worship than outside communing with nature. Peace.

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Believe

6 Oct

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When your hands are tied and all you can do for a friend in need is to send love-filled thoughts, do it… and raise a solemn prayer of hope for Sunshine.

The things I need

25 Aug

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God,
Grant me the courage to see this life as a gift,
Patience and understanding with man’s hypocrisy and his inhumanity to man (including my own),
A continued sense of wonder at the glory of Existence,
Forgiveness and appreciation for all that I have been,

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Fortitude and discipline to set a good example,
And enough wisdom to learn the right lessons from experience.
Asked with sincerity of heart and imperfect purity of soul,
Amen.
Your aspiringly faithful and humble servant as only you know me – me.
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