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* Each day will have a prayer prompt such as a scripture or a simple prayer offered as a springboard.

* Under each daily post you are invited to comment with any reflections, noticings, or additional prompts or prayers you are finding helpful.

* Please do not name others in your entry in order to honor privacy and confidentiality.

April 18, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Today our community is reading John 20:24-31

“But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.”

What words and/or images sparkle up at you? Thank you Jesus that you meet us where we are at and allow us to grieve and to doubt without shame.

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April 17, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Consider the lyrics to“Joy to Be” By Citizens:

“O the joy to be, joy to know
It’s when I decrease, You fill up my soul
What a joy to see, joy to hold
It’s when You increase, I want nothing more

Open my hands, humble my heart
All that I have is Yours
Color my prayers, widen my eyes
Wash me in glorious light

O the joy to be, joy to know
It’s when I decrease, You fill up my soul
What a joy to see, joy to hold
It’s when You increase, I want nothing more

Hasten my ears, bridle my tongue
Focus my heart to hear
Settle my pace, purge me of pride
Again and again, You provide

Oh the joy to be, joy to know
It’s when I decrease, You fill up my soul
What a joy to see, joy to hold
It’s when You increase, I want nothing more”

Submitted by Cara Bartlett

What imagery stands out to you?

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April 15, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Consider this quote from Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy:

“So we must understand that God does not “love” us without liking us –through gritted teeth– as “Christian” love is sometimes thought to do. Rather, out of the eternal freshness of his perpetually self-renewed being, the heavenly Father cherishes the earth and each human being upon it. The fondness, the endearment, the unstintingly affectionate regard of God toward all his creatures is the natural outflow of what he is to the core –– which we vainly try to capture with our tired but indispensable old word love.”

 

Submitted by Howard Macy

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April 14, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Consider this prayer by Dimitrii of Rostov (1651-1709):

“Come, My Light
Come, my Light,
and illumine my darkness.
Come, my Life,
and revive me from death.
Come, my Physician,
and heal my wounds.
Come, Flame of divine love,
and burn up the thorns of my sins,
kindling my heart
with the flame of thy love.”

Submitted by Steve Sherwood

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April 13, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”

Submitted by Eli Craig

What words and/or images sparkle up at you? What is it time for now?

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April 11, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Today our community is reading John 20:19-23.

“When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

What words and/or images sparkle up at you? Peace be with you.

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April 9, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Consider the poem “how to breathe when you want to give up” from Cleo Wade’s book Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World:

“today I am breathing through fatigue, fear, and feeling overwhelmed.

I breathe because when I breathe, I am reminded that I am alive.

I am reminded that to be able to fill my body with air means that I have the ability to keep going.

I am reminded that my time on earth may be short but it can be powerful if I dedicate it to love and fairness.

when I breathe I am reminded of Mary Oliver when she wrote, ‘tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’

so I breathe and let my breath turn into a smile that says back to her, ‘as much as I can.’”

 

Submitted by Sammie Eilert

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April 8, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Consider this prayer from an unknown author, submitted by Steve Sherwood:

“Invite Us Deeper
Almighty and ever living God,
you invite us deeper into your world, your people, your Lent.
May this time be one of outward focus;
seeking you in those we often ignore.
Help us live a Lent focused on freedom, generosity, and encounter.
Give us hearts hungry to serve you
and those who need what we have to give.”

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April 7, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Galatians 5:22-25

“By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.”

Let us be open to be guided by the Spirit to grow those different fruits in ourselves and in our community. Do you feel a nudge to cultivate a certain fruit in a different way than you normally would?

Submitted by Rachelle Staley

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April 6, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Consider this prayer by Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596):

“Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future In strength, courage, hope, and love.”

Submitted by Sammie Eilert

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April 5, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Consider this prayer by an unknown author submitted by Steve Sherwood:

“From the Beginning of Time
Jesus,
you have known us from the beginning of time,
you have known us in the depths of our dreams and in the darkness of our shame,
you know us as your beloved.

Help us to own that core identity more and more in this season of repentance and mercy.
Give us the rock-solid assurance of your unwavering faith in us
as we seek the same in you.

Amen.”

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