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Daylight 5-10-18

Image result for broken heart leakingDaylight Scripture – If I have the gift of prophecy and I know all the mysteries and everything else, and if I have such complete faith that I can move mountains but I don’t have love, I’m nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:2

Daylight Scripture – Lord, I admit that there are moments when I am not filled with your love. I look at the things that go on around me. I see what evils are perpetrated upon the innocent. I heard the news of death and devastation caused by random violence…and it hurts my heart. My heart breaks and the love that you have given me seems to fall out through the cracks. I know that I must seek you every – single – day just to persevere. And I know and I witness to the truth that you are there and so is your love to fill me again, eternally. Thanks be to God. Amen.

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Daylight 5-9-18

Image result for fearlesslyDaylight Scripture – Those whose way is blameless—who walk in the Lord’s Instruction—are truly happy!

Psalm 119:1

Daylight Prayer – Gracious Lord, Instruct me in your ways today. Help me to walk fearlessly into this world as a witness to your love and grace. Hold me accountable to the walk the walk. My happiness comes from you, who gives the poor in spirit the blessings of comfort. Praise be the name of the Lord. Amen.

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Daylight 5-8-18

griefDaylight Scripture – Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me.

Psalm 23:4

Daylight Prayer – Lord, thank you for the strength that you give me when I go through the valleys of my life. Sometimes, it is hard to think that I can see the next step to take. It is most hard when I am watching others walk along that same valley with me…my pain is compounded by theirs. Lord, I know that you hold us in our grief, confusion and heartbreak, and I am so grateful. Amen.

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Daylight 4-12-18

Related imageDaylight Scripture – The Lord was with Hezekiah; he succeeded at everything he tried. He rebelled against Assyria’s king and wouldn’t serve him.

2 Kings 18:7

Daylight Prayer – Lord, sometimes we just have to rebel against those things that might hurt people, your beloved. I ask for strength in the face of all enemies, flesh and blood ones, cosmic and spiritual ones, petty and everyday ones, personal and private ones. God of strength and power, lend to me your boldness, love, and the will to live as Jesus did; resisting evil of all kinds. Have mercy on me, oh Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen.

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Daylight 4-11-18

Image result for joy of the lordDaylight Scripture –  You are my hope, Lord. You, Lord, are the one I’ve trusted since childhood.

Psalm 71:5

Daylight Prayer – God, how wonderful you are to me. Even when things are bad, you are good. You are always there to hear about my hours, to listen to my ever-loving complaints, to soothe my broken heartness, to simply be with me, your presence comforting my soul. Lord, each day I see your hands at work through the people around me. I am grateful for them. I am grateful for your presence. May your name be lifted and praised, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Almighty. Amen.

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Daylight 4-10-18

Image result for forgiveDaylight Scripture – Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ.

Ephesians 4:32

Daylight Prayer – Lord, Today I ask that you help me banish old grudges from my days. Sometimes I get so frustrated with them and how they impact life in the church. God, you know my heart and the hearts of all of us. You know what it takes to teach us how to forgive, and use our energies for good. Lord, I pray today that you release all persons who seem to want to hold on to past hurts like a badge of honor.  Forgive me for hurting anyone, and help me to forgive as you have forgiven me in Jesus. Amen.

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Daylight 4-1-18

Image result for women at the tombDaylight Scripture – The women were frightened and bowed their faces toward the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He isn’t here, but has been raised. 

Luke 24 : 5-6

Daylight Prayer – Lord Jesus, I would have been just as frightened as the women were that day. I mean, who can believe such a wondrous thing. First, that you would come to be one of us…straight out of heaven… and live a life like ours. Second, that you would be willing to give up that life for us…your life that is perfect for our lives which are ruined. And, third, that you would conquer not just our sin, but death for us. I mean, Lord, it’s scary and wonderful, miraculous and beautiful, simply too big for words. But, I am so grateful, my beloved, that you have rescued me and all of creation. Lord, bless and keep each one this Easter Day! Amen.


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Daylight 3-30-18

Image result for jesus on the crossDaylight Scripture –  When he had received the bitter wine, Jesus said, “It is completed.” Bowing his head, he gave up his life.

John 19:30

Daylight Prayer – O Lord, woe is me this night…when I remember your suffering and your death. It is not something that I like to think about, how you were beaten, mocked, denied, rejected, spat upon, and nailed to a cross. How can I say that was good? How can I understand that kind of love? My heart breaks and I grieve yet again that my sin put you there. Forgive me, Lord I pray. Amen.

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Daylight 3-28-18

Image result for 30 pieces of silverDaylight Scripture – Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I turn Jesus over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver.  From that time on he was looking for an opportunity to turn him in.

Matthew 26: 14-16

Daylight Prayer – Lord, today is the day we remember how Judas betrayed you to the people who would have you killed. You knew that he was going to do it, for you knew his soul. How many times have I betrayed you? Did you know that I would? Forgive me, Lord. Cleanse me from the darkness of heart that would permit me to betray you…even in the slightest way. I know your mercy is never-ending, and your love strong enough to save me from my sin and from myself. Lord in your mercy, hear my prayer. Amen.

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Daylight 3-27-18

Image result for bedtime prayerDaylight Scripture – If you lie down, you won’t be terrified. When you lie down, your sleep will be pleasant.

Proverbs 3:24

Daylight Prayer – Gracious Lord, Thank you for the pleasant feeling of peace when I lie down at night. I know you remember my prayers from when I was a little girl. I trusted you completely with my hours of slumber because I was sure you were right there watching me. I still feel that way even though I’ve stopped the, “now I lay me down to sleep” prayer I prayed then. I still trust you to either take me through the night to morning or take me home…either one, and I am alright. Amen.

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