3/25/17

Pause for Prayer: SATURDAY 3/25

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Lord,
I need some of this
(see above, please)
well, actually I need
a lot of this...

And some friends of mine, Lord,
actually most of my friends,
really all of my friends
need a lot of this
(see above, please)
and we need it soon
and very soon
or at least
sooner than later...

And we ask you, Lord,
to hear our prayer...

Amen.

 

   
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Pause for Prayer: FRIDAY 3/24

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Lord,
   there are times when I know you're right by my side,
   when my trust in your grace is so sure,
   when your love offers all that I need
   and your Spirit's gifts fill my heart and my day...

So, in times when I can't see your face,
  when my step isn't steady at all,
   when my needs are many
   and my heart seems empty:
hold me fast by your side,
   in your grace, with your love and your strength...

When my faith is tested, help me remember
   how you've been at my side,
   how your grace has sufficed,
   how your love heals my hurt
   and your Spirit has power
   to renew your promise within me...

Amen.




   
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3/24/17

Be ready for this weekend's WORD




This coming weekend  the Fourth Sunday of Lent brings us John's story of Jesus' cure of a man born blind.

The video above is a remarkably faithful dramatization of the gospel text BUT be sure to read the scriptures for this coming Sunday (and commentary on them) which you'll find here.

Sunday's first reading, from the First Book of Samuel prepares us for the gospel by contrasting how we see with how God sees.  Writing to the Ephesians, St. Paul treats of that light that produces every kind of goodness and truth, the light without which we are left in the darkness of our sin, the light of Christ.

Bringing children to church with you?  Read these helpful hints for preparing young ones to hear the Word this weekend. 


 
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Pause for Prayer: FRIDAY 3/24


I've had a great week, Lord,
visiting with family in Colorado:
reunion and relaxation
all restoring peace in my soul,
resting in a valley in the Rockies...

Because I believe
all blessings flow from you,
I praise and thank you, Lord,
for the gift this week has been...

As this week ends I pray,
as I've prayed these past few days,
for those who've had a harder week,
a lonely week, a worried week,
a week of fear, doubt and confusion,
a week of trials and troubles,
a week of illness and pain,
a week of loss and tears and grief...

Let your blessings freely flow, Lord,
and give respite to those
whose hearts are heavy burdened,
whose plates are much too full,
whose days are long, who cannot sleep,
who beg in prayer for healing,
who seek and wait for peace of mind,
who hunger for your word of truth,
who thirst for just a sip of joy,
who search to find you day by day,
who wait and wait another day
for you to lift them up...

As this week ends I pray,
as I've prayed these past few days, Lord,
for those who've had a harder week
and turn to you for comfort,
for healing consolation,
for the peace that's only yours to give...

Amen.


 

     
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3/23/17

Tomorrow is a FRIDAY in LENT


 
 Tomorrow is a FRIDAY in LENT:
   a day to abstain from eating meat.

What does that mean?  
Catholics over 14 years of age 
are expected to abstain from eating meat 
on the Fridays of Lent.

For more on this topic, check out this earlier post...

Note: Individual, personal health concerns and "doctor's orders" always take precedence over regulations for fast and abstinence!



Fast and Abstinence In Lent

All Christians are called to special prayer, fasting and caring for the poor in the season of Lent.

Each person determines how he or she will personally live out these ancient Lenten exercises. 

In addition to personal Lenten practices, Catholics are also called to a communal practice of self-denial by abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent and on Good Friday.




     
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Live and in person!


For five days this week I'm visiting my sister and brother-in-law in Georgetown, Colorado. While here I've had the opportunity to meet some virtual friends in person!  These are followers of my blog, FaceBook friends and readers of Good Morning, Good God! 

It's a joy for me to write this daily blog and a special blessing to meet those whose lives are touched by the words they find here, on FaceBook and in print. 

An already wonderful family visit, then, was blessed by meeting and spending some time with Jane, Dee, Shirley, Mary and Ellen!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!


 

     
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Pause for Prayer: THURSDAY 3/23



Would that I'd long to hear your word, Lord,
as much as I long for spring to come...

Would that I'd serve my neighbors' needs
nearly as fast as I tend to my own...

Would that I'd think as well of all
as I do of my closest BFF's...

Would that I'd do what you ask of me, Lord,
as sure as I follow my own desires...

Would that I'd be as fair and just
as I'd have others be with me...

Would that I'd speak when others won't
and let my lips give voice to truth...

Would that I'd help the weak and unsure
as your strong arms hold me secure...

Would my thoughts and deeds were as pure
as the wisdom and help you offer me...

Would that I'd pardon others, Lord,
with the mercy you show to me...

Would that I'd open my heart to grace
as wide as it opens to foolishness...

Would that I'd think of my time as gold
to be spent with wisdom, prudence and care...

Would that I'd trust my heart to you
and not to my worries, doubts and fears...

Would that I'd love you Lord, my God,
as you love me forever more...

Amen.



 

   
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3/21/17

The view from my window

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I'm visiting my sister and brother-in-law for a few days this week in Georgetown, Colorado.  This was the view from my bedroom window this morning.

I lift up my eyes to the mountain,
from whence shall come my help... 
my help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth...

Psalm 121

 

     
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Pause for Prayer: TUESDAY 3/21

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Lord, I hope and pray this Lent
that you'll fashion 
a new, fresh, clean, pure heart within me:
create in me
a heart for a new beginning...

Your mercy's still a mystery, Lord: 
how you love me even in my sins;
how you never fail to find what's good in me;
how you always find something in me to love...

Create in me a clean heart, O God... 


You're mercy's a mystery to me, Lord:
how you never cease to reach out, gently,
to keep me from my selfish ways,
to bring me home to your embrace,
to mend my brokenness,
to heal what's sick within my soul,
to forgive what's sinful in my heart...

Create in me a clean heart, O God... 


Your mercy's a mystery, Lord,
and though I don't understand it
I'm always grateful for its depths
and how you never withhold from me
its sweet and saving power...

Create in me a clean heart, O God...

I come to you, Lord,
with the heart I sometimes try to hide
when I've marred your image
mirrored in my soul...

Create in me a clean heart, O God...

So great is your love for me,
so exquisite the delight you take in me,
that even when I forget, 
when I tarnish,
when I deny your beauty within me,
you call me back to your grace
and offer me your mercy... 

Create in me a clean heart, O God... 


Help me remember 
that you always meet me
just where I need you:
where I'm rough-edged,
   you come to smooth me;
where I'm broken,
   you come to mend me;
where I'm weak,
   you come to strengthen me;
where I'm sick,
   you come to heal me;
where I've sinned,
   you come to pardon me...
Create in me a clean heart, O God...

Forgive my sins, Lord,
and nurture what's good within me:
be gentle in receiving the heart I offer you,
a broken and contrite heart...

Help me forgive those who've hurt me, Lord,
and to see the good within them,
to see what you find to love in them:
let me be gentle in welcoming them
into my own contrite heart...

Create in me a clean heart, O God... 


Help me to trust 
in the mystery of your mercy, Lord,
in the mystery of your mercifully patient heart...

Your mercy's a mystery to me, Lord,
and the greatest gift you have to offer me...

Create in me a clean heart, O God... 


In the quiet of my prayer this Lent,
help me see where I need your pardon, Lord;
help me confess my sins and failings;
help me humbly open up my heart;
to let your mercy in to heal my soul...

Create in me a clean heart, O God...



 
 
   
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