Clyde David Joiner…

                                                              (an acrostic prayer in memory of my friend)

Coming to You, dear Father, we seek Your presence and ask for Your comfort to abide with us today.

Lead us along green paths to still waters flowing in this valley of the shadow of death today, O God!

Yearning for your mercy and grace, we come to this place today to hear from You and feel Your peace.

Descend upon us today through Your Word, Your Presence, Your Spirit and Your people as we worship today.

Enliven our spirits through the power of Your Holy Spirit, Father. We long to be more like You for having been here with these Your children.

Dearest Father, we bring this family to You in this time of grief as they experience the loss of husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Attune their hearts to You as You visit us and them with Your love and grace.

Validate their love for You and their love for David as the days ahead come and go in the returning routine of days.

Infect them with the joy of memory of the days lived and cherished as family here on this earth.

Defend Your children here as the days pass and the memories linger of pain and suffering. Remind them of Your love and mercy when sometime seems like a long time.

Join us here, Father, as we celebrate the life and memory of this dear friend.

Open the floodgates of Your house and sprinkle Your loving grace upon all who call upon You today.

Instill in us, this day, the joy of Your salvation as we worship You and remember our friend.

Negate the sadness with Your gladness and replace the grief with Your comfort.

Engrave on their hearts and ours the very name of our Savior and Lord as You have sealed us with Your love.

Rejoicing in You, Father, we thank You for meeting us here and for bringing us Your joy and peace today.

In the name of Jesus Christ we pray and believe! Amen


Jesus, My Friend…

Red Maple alongside Crabtree Falls

photo: Hammond Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Jehovah God, ruler of the universe, we come to worship You and only You today through Your Son, Jesus Christ and in the power of Your Holy Spirit.

Envious of the stillness You require, we come to lay down our busyness and constant motion to be still and know You, Father.

Save us through the blood of Your Son, Jesus.  He calls us friend, Father. May we be friends to You as we worship today.

Usher us into Your presence, Father, by the leading and urging of Your Spirit.  May we sense Your love, mercy and grace, even now, O Lord.

Send us in the same power that calls us to show Your love to this world in which we live. We need your “alongside-ness,” Father.

Move us from selfishness to friendliness, Father. A friendliness that looks after those in need and helps those who need You.

Your requirements of love, justice and mercy are ever before us, Father. Help us to allow You to live them through us today.

Forget our sins, Father. We know Your Son’s blood will cover us if we repent. May we be seen through His sinless life as worthy to be called Your friends today. Father forgive us!

Remove the darkness from our eyes that we may see the who, what, when and where of Your will for us today, O God!

Instruct us again through Your word today, O God. May our hearts, souls and minds be attuned to You today.

Enter into our consciousness to awaken us to Yourself as we strive to be still and know as we are known.

Nailed to a cross, forsaken by His earthly friends, yet Your Son called them friends, Father. May we somehow come to understand just a portion of that kind of love, Father, as we live for You in this world.

Damnation is what we deserve, O Father.  Help us as we examine ourselves today in the light of Your word to fall on Your Son’s blood and be covered to rise pure in Your sight, Father.

We pray with thanksgiving for Your forgiveness and mercy, Father and in the name of our friend, even Jesus Christ. Amen!

The Path Continues…