MY CHILD, I have said: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you.”
“All men desire peace but all do not care for the things that go to make true peace. My peace is with the humble and meek of heart: your peace will be in much patience. If you hear Me and follow My voice, you will be able to enjoy much peace.” (The Imitation of Christ)
(an acrostic prayer)
Heavenly Father, creator of all we have and creator of who we are, we come to honor You with our worship today. We have come home to You!
Open our hearts, minds, and soul to Your word today as we seek to be in Your presence in this place, Father!
Make us aware of whose we are in this place of worship and celebration. May we be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord!
Envision us with Your vision as we celebrate Your word and worship You in spirit and truth, dear Lord!
Convict us of our sin, Father. May we turn to You in this hour and rejoice in Your tender mercy and wondrous grace.
Over and above the joy of this day, Lord, help us to put on Your love and show this world Your peace.
Move in and among us, Father, as we meet and greet one another, that we may be Your hands and Your feet to a world in need.
Infuse us with a sense of urgency, O Lord, that we may see those around us who are hurting and are broken today. Help us to take Your healing to each of them.
Nudge us to the lonely, and to the brokenhearted, Father, as You want each to come to a saving knowledge of You.
Give us a new beginning in You as we have come home today, dear Father. Send us from this place to be You to our families, our friends, and our enemies.
In the name of the one who call each of us to Your home, even Jesus Christ, our Savior, we pray! Amen!
The Path Continues…
(an acrostic prayer)
God of grace and God of glory, we thank You for the grace and mercy to live in this very moment.
Receive our gratitude for this life that You have given us to live. May we live in this moment, allowing the past to be past and the future to be the future, dear Father!
Attune our hearts to Your heart, O Father, that in this moment we may be more like You and less like this world in which we live.
Conceive in us what it means to allow You to live through us in this moment to those You bring into our life’s path.
Enliven our Spirits though the power of Your Spirit, Father, that we may, at this very moment, know Your will and see where it is You want us to be.
Forgive our foolish way O God, for we know that we have sinned and fallen short of Your glory, in this very moment!
Open our eyes that we may see what You see in the faces of those we meet in this very moment that we may show them Your love, grace and mercy.
Remove the hardness of our hearts and replace it with the tenderness of Your heart in this moment as we seek to be You to this world, dear Father.
Take us from where we are to where You want us to be in this moment. May our lives resound with Your grace given to others as it was received from You, O God!
Help us, dear Father, to see and to know where You would have us to be You in this moment, in this hour, in this day, in this life.
Enter in to our moments to hear our conversations, our interactions with others and help us to be You to each we meet.
Move in and among us, Father, through the moving of Your Spirit to make this moment a moment that will influence those we meet to come and meet You in their moments.
Open the floodgates of heaven and pour on us Your grace for the living of these moments that we may know You more, dear Father!
More of You, O God, we want to see more of You in this moment as You show us Your will for today!
Enter into our time and moments, dear Lord, that we may come to understand the importance of each and every minute in Your will.
Nudge us, Father, from the throne of our lives in this moment, that You may, again, reign in our lives and through us to this world.
Take us, Lord, and renew a right heart within us, use us in this moment to be You as You live within us!
In the name of the ruler of our moments, Jesus Christ, we pray! Amen!
The Path Continues…
I wake up at dawn,
along with the dew
and rise up my Lord
to get close to You.
My morning I start,
with You in prayer
so to be ready
to give You my care.
Just like a bird early,
who gets the worm
I study Your Word
to keep my faith firm.
I dress in my armor,
make sure it’s on tight
I pray each verse I read
fills me Your might.
Each morning I awake,
with the crack of dawn
so my soul to You Lord
daily may be drawn!
“My voice shalt thou hear
in the morning, O Lord;
in the morning will I
direct my prayer unto thee,
and will look up.”
King James Version
Deborah Ann Belka
(an acrostic prayer in memory of a friend)
Dear Lord and Father, we beseech You and all Your comfort to surround our friends as they walk through this valley in the shadow of the death of Dixie Smith.
Instill in them the stillness of Your presence as they seek Your face, O God, and as we come alongside them today as part of Your family and theirs.
X-out the anxiety and fear that we feel in this valley of death and flood us with the warmth of Your grace, dear Father.
Inspire us to new heights of faith in You, as you lead us into paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake, dear Lord.
Empty us of our doubt and despair and fill us anew with Your Spirit’s presence, that we may walk in Your will today, even as we grieve this loss of Dixie Smith, Father.
Surround her loved ones and friends with Your mighty arms today, dear Father. Keep them from the world’s harsh tones as they seek Your face in this time!
Move in and among us, dear God, and lead us along the path that You have for each of us for we know that You are the way, the truth and the light!
I thank You, Father, for the influence of my friend, Dixie Smith, on the lives of those she came into contact. May we all be more like You for having lived this life with her.
Tether this family to Yourself, Father, especially in these coming days, that they might know of Your tender mercies that are new each morning. Help them to live in that hope as they tread this sod each and every day.
Hear our prayer, O Lord! We offer it in the calm assurance that You hear and answer in Your will and way. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.
We pray in the name of Dixie Smith’s Savior, Jesus Christ! Amen and Amen
The Path Continues…