In my life I am a wife to Ed, a mom to Amanda and Charles, Mimi to Sara and Jessy, and Judy to my friends and family. Last year I retired from pastoral ministry and am settling into my new normal...um whatever that is going to be!
Unless otherwise noted, the Scripture passages used on my blog DayLight are my own paraphrased interpretations. I invite you to verify, dispute and otherwise comment. I am open to discussion.
Daylight Scripture – Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
Song of Songs 2:12
Daylight Prayer – Lord, I thank yourfor the glimmers of spring, when the daffodils pop up through the matted thorny earth. I thank you for the hope in new life, new beginnings and renewed hope. Lord have mercy on us as hope to bring newness to others. Amen.
Daylight Scripture – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,though its waters roar and foamand the mountains quake with their surging.
Psalm 45: 1-3
Daylight Prayer – Lord, I know that I don’t say just for myself that when the mountains are falling, and the seas are raging that it is easy to remember and pray. But I’ll do it anyway! Easy or hard, the word of God is true. You are my strength, and though the way forward may be obscured, I will not be afraid because I know that forward is where you are too. Thanks be to you God, most high, ever present, strength of my weakness. Amen.
Daylight Scripture – Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5: 14-16
Daylight Prayer – Lord, some days so hard, kids with pain, parents with problems, financial troubles, relationship dysfunctions…so many illnesses. Lord, even our society is on the brink of caving into darknesses that are devilishly destructive to the fabric of our lives. We need your help to heal, gain back strength, help others, find peace. Lord as an elder, I pray in total faith for all of these things, for all of us, for the world that is in chaos these days. Anointing them through your spirit to receive your grace. Give us your light. Give us your strength. Give us your forgiveness. Give us your Love. I pray in Christ’s name.
Daylight Scripture – See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
Daylight Prayer – Lord, as children everywhere begin new school years, help us all to show them kindness and love. Help them to grow and thrive in their studies. Give teachers and parent patience, caring, and the heart to remember that we are all are challenged by the new normal. Bless all the children, Lord. Bless us all. Amen.
Daylight Scripture – Even if someone sins against you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times and says, ‘I am changing my ways,’ you must forgive that person.”
Luke 17: 4 CEB
Daylight Prayer – Gracious God, when I think I must forgive so many times the offenses of someone who repeatedly hurts me in one day, I think to myself, it’s impossible. And then I remember how many times you forgive me in a day, how many times I say I am sorry, how many times I hurt you. Help me to see the way of forgiveness through your heart and not mine. Help me to do better. Amen.
Daylight Scripture – There’s a season for everythingand a time for every matter under the heavens:a time for giving birth and a time for dying,a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted,a time for killing and a time for healing,a time for tearing down and a time for building up,a time for crying and a time for laughing,a time for mourning and a time for dancing,a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones,a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces,a time for searching and a time for losing, a time for keeping and a time for throwing away,a time for tearing and a time for repairing,a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking,a time for loving and a time for hating,a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 CEB
Daylight Prayer – Lord, what time do we really have? Just the briefest…I know. Help me spend the time I have learning from you the way forward, the way to be, the way to live and the way to treat others. Show me the ways of Christ, so that I can ever move towards his likeness. Let this be my time for peace. Amen.
Daylight Scripture – I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other.
John 13:34 CEB
Daylight Prayer – Lord, when I try to follow this command you gave me, I fail. Some people I can’t love on my own. I need you to help me. I ask you today to help me love in the agape love of Christ, who loves and saves us all. Fill me with your Spirit, I pray. Amen.
Daylight Scripture – The Lord is my solid rock,my fortress, my rescuer. My God is my rock—I take refuge in God!—God’s my shield, my salvation’s strength,my place of safety.
Psalm 18: 2
Daylight Prayer – Holy God, today is a day when many people will be struggling for life and livelihood, for a contented family life and a loving relationship. Today I am praying for people who are stuck in places that they want to move out of, loneliness, depression, fear and poverty. I ask you to rescue them and give them what is needed in life. Earth as it is in heaven. Yourself. Amen.
Daylight Scripture – When you return to the Lord, your relatives and your children will receive mercy from what may hold them captive…the Lord your God is merciful and compassionate. God won’t withdraw God’s presence from you if you return to God.
2 Chronicles 30:9
Daylight Prayer – Lord, today I pray for every person who is held captive by physical restraints, prison, mental illness, emotional pain, long distance and dark spiritual ties. Lord give them release through what ever means available to you. Let them see the beauty and light of your Holy Spirit given to them by those around them, most especially their loving families and friends. Help them in their need to return to you. Amen.
Daylight Scripture – Look at how good and pleasing it is when families live together as one!
Genesis 133: 1
Daylight Prayer – Today I pray for families of the world, those who are happy, and those who are broken; those who are making ends meet and those who aren’t; those whose lives are full of meaning and fun and those whose day to day is a struggle; Lord bless the families large, small, diverse and complicated. Amen.