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A collection of prayers from the pages of Ten Minute Sermon

 

An intercession leading up to Easter:

 

Forty days alone, a wilderness of thoughts, tempting and inviting thoughts which could so easily have distracted you from your task, your mission, your vision.

Yet you emerged, stronger and more attuned to all that had to be done, despite a time constraint that to our eyes would have seemed hopeless.

We too live in stressful times. Demands are made of our time that leaves so little for the important things of life. We are so easily distracted in the wilderness of our lives, by every call to go this way or that, to turn stone to bread, leap from mountains and do all that would keep us from the truth.

We listen to the voices of this world and ignore the one who endured all this and so much more, and emerged triumphant that we might not have to suffer so.

Forgive us, Father when we get distracted from our task, our mission. Forgive us those times when we try to be all things to all men, and fail to be anything.

 

 

A Prayer for Spring

When you created this world and all that exists upon it, and breathed your life-giving breath upon those first organisms, did you get a thrill as that first flower bloomed?

Was it exactly as you had designed it?

We buy our seeds in packets, drawn by the promise of a photograph or drawing, aided by books and TV programs and yet still marvel when those first seeds germinate, grow and eventually burst into flower. You had no such help in planning your garden and yet achieved perfection.

I look at any wayside bank and see a herbaceous border balanced in size and color. I see the broad sweep of a hillside and the subtle shades of green transform through the season to give a breadth of color that any garden designer would be proud to have created.

Thank you for Springtime, Creator God, and for the inspiration it provides to me, a gardener.

 

 

 

He came that we might have life

And have it abundantly

Thanks be to God

He came that we might know love

And knowing, might share

Thanks be to God

He emptied himself of life and love

That we might be filled with both

 

Prayers for Easter

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us a little child, one of us, flesh and blood to share in our humanity

For God so loved the world

That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as carpenter, and yet in whose creative hands a world was fashioned

For God so loved the world

That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as fisherman, and yet pointed to a harvest that was yet to come

For God so loved the world

That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as teacher, and opened eyes to truths that only the poor could understand

For God so loved the world

That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as healer, and opened hearts to the reality of wholeness

For God so loved the world

That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as prophet, priest and king, and yet humbled himself to take our place upon the cross

For God so loved the world

That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as servant, and revealed to us the extent of his Fatherís love for human kind

For God so loved the world

That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus, who rose from the ignominy of a sinnerís death, to the triumph of a Savior's resurrection

For God so loved the world

That all might have eternal life

 

A Blessing

May God the Creator grant you the insight to see the beauty that exists both in city and in countryside, sometimes in hidden places.

May Jesus the Saviour grant you the courage to share your faith with others, and the wisdom to know when the time is right

May the Holy Spirit grant you the wisdom to see the good in others,

the knowledge that all love has its origins in the Godhead,

and the understanding that His love extends to all that He has created.

 

 

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