I gaze back at all my years and see your hand upon my life. You were there, present to carry me along. You guided me from young on. At times I did not listen and went my own way, but you remained dear God. You did not abandon me. You sought me when I didn’t […]Read More Prayer Journey — God’s Love
By your hand dear Lord you brought me out of a land of sin. You guided me from a life of sin toward righteousness. Because of your love, your grace, your word, you saved me. You showed me your way. I am humbled by your mighty works. Teach me your ways. Give me courage to […]Read More Prayer Journey — By Your Hand
This morning’s prayer searches for words that are adequate to describe the vastness of God and the love and grace he lavishes upon us.Read More Prayer Journey — Mere Words
From the moment Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt he endured endless grumbling, often pointed at him. We see the same old complaints: “Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this wilderness? Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place?” Why? Why? Why? It is enough to make anyone angry.Read More Trusting God Enough to Bring Him Honor
It’s a profound line. One of the criminals crucified with Jesus said, “And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong (Luke 23:41, NASB).” Indeed, we deserve to suffer, deserve death for our sins. We deserve to be on that cross […]Read More Just Punishment
You know me even more than I know myself. You created me. You have a plan for me at this moment in history. You invite me to join you around the charcoal fire and share a meal.Read More Prayer Journey — Worthy
Who am I that you have brought me this far? You are the great I AM, but who am I? You knit me together in my mother’s womb. You gave me breath. You continue to shower me with grace and love. You patiently teach me and mature me. There are days I feel your gentle […]Read More Prayer Journey — Who Am I?
During each visit she would share stories about her life over the last 80 some years. As her tough exterior veneer began to peel back, I learned about the pain and abuse she had suffered at the hands of others. I began to understand why she was so bitter and angry, I started to empathize with her.Read More Learning About God’s Love from an Unbeliever
The complexity of life contrasts against your simple statement “I AM.” The struggles of life contrast against “peace I give to you.” The temporary nature of things in life contrast against your eternal nature. Who am I next to you dear God? I am a contrast to you, yet you are not against me. You […]Read More Prayer Journey — Who Am I?
In Mark 10:46-52, we read about a blind man named Bartimaeus who was sitting by the road begging “when he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene (47, NASB)” approaching with a large crowd. He immediately cries out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me (47)!” Many in the crowd tell him to be […]Read More Have Mercy On Me