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20 Days Until Easter/ A Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession


Father God, you sent your son into the world, not to condemn the world but so that the world may be saved.  We thank you for this good news, the center of our faith.  We thank you for the freedom to meet here to worship you.

Jesus, life of all the world, source and sum of all creation, we give you thanks and praise for your work in this broken world.  Where there is hatred and devastation, even there we see signs of the new world to come.  We see pockets of beauty amidst devastation; hear of miraculous escapes from certain death.  We see people giving of what little they have to help others.  We see people risking their lives to fight against tyranny and even natural disasters as they work to put out fires, hold back floods.  We pray that we may continue to see signs of this hope in all the coverage of despair.  We pray that you strengthen us to be, in some small way, one of those agents of hope to others.

Jesus, living word we give thanks that you who know our every need, give us life.  We give you thanks for all the seemingly ordinary ways in which you bless us every day; for waking up each morning with a whole new day to explore, for our jobs, for an unexpected smile, for chances to get together with friends and loved ones, for the signs of spring after a long winter.  We pray that you may help us to be more aware of what we have than what we lack, and give us the strength we need to hold out that focus of hope to those who may have lost sight of spring.  While despair can be contagious, so can hope be contagious.  Help us to hold on to our hope and spread to those we meet in our daily lives.

We thank you for the freedom, gladness, and truth which allow us to let go of our fears and guilt.  Help us to remember that, through Jesus, we have already been forgiven. Help us to forgive ourselves, to let go of all those feelings of not being worthy, of failure, and bask in the freedom that brings.  Help us also to extend this forgiveness to anyone who has hurt us or wronged us in any way.  Make us open to all people, even those we might normally avoid.

Jesus, life of all the world, you are Lord of every nation; by your Holy Spirit’s power make your Church your incarnation till our lives of truth and grace show our world your human face! Amen

 

this prayer uses parts of Margaret Clarkson’s hymn Jesus, life of all the world which can be found at 776 in the Book of Praise of the Presbyterian Church in Canada

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


The other night, as I was finishing up a daily page of the devotional book I am currently using (see below), I reached for my journal for the first time in months.  In flipping back through the pages I noticed that I had been in the habit of using a certain format for my entries.  Sometime in July, 2010 I either read or heard someone say that their favourite prayer was, “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Help me. Help me. Help me.”  I was unfortunately not prescient of my later desire to write about this in my blog as I did not write down the source the first day I used it.

I love the simplicity of this prayer!  If you are at a loss for anything to say, just say it as it is.  It can also be a good starter by using each pair of words as an opener for more thought.  The format in my journal became;

Thank you…

Thank you…

Thank you…

Help me…

Help me…

Help me…

There were days when I couldn’t think of things and those words stood alone.  Most days though I would fill in either something all encompassing like, “Thank you for loving me.” or something more specific like, “Thank you for helping me to keep my temper under control today when…”

Tonight when you curl up with God, give it a try.

Dear God, Thank you for the opportunity to share my ideas in this format which may reach the many or the few and may make one person’s day better.  Thank you for my family and all the support they provide to me.  Thank you for loving me and being always with me.  Help me to live up to your love and to live in a right relationship with you.  Help me to be aware of the invisible people in our world, especially as I head back into the classroom this week. Finally, help me with inspiration for this blog.

Amen

 

The Message Remix Solo: Delving into the Simplicity of Scripture

by Eugene H. Peterson

Paperback, 640 pages
Published August 30th 2007 by Th1nk Books (first published June 15th 2006)
ISBN
1600061052 (ISBN13: 9781600061059)
original title
The Message Remix Solo: Delving into the Simplicity of Scripture