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Daylight 1-4-18

Daylight Scripture – Each of the four living creatures had six wings, and their bodies were covered with eyes. Day and night they never stopped singing, “Holyholyholy is the Lord, the all-powerful God, who was and is and is coming!”

Revelation 4:8

Daylight Prayer – Lord, as the creatures of heaven praise you, give me voice to praise you…both in the day and in the night. Let me remember my blessings and the great mercies you have shown me in my life. In you I have nothing to be afraid of, because even though you know me through and through, you still…love me. Praise the Lord…the Holy, Holy, Holy all power one. Amen.

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Daylight 1-3-18

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Artist is Chris Silver

Daylight Scripture – Likewise, encourage the younger ones to be sensible in every way. Offer yourself as a role model of good actions. Show integrity, seriousness, and a sound message that is above criticism when you teach, so that any opponent will be ashamed because they won’t find anything bad to say about us.

Titus 2: 6-8

Daylight Prayer – Loving God. I know that many teachers, administrators, principals, and others people who work in education are returning to jobs and classrooms today. Lord, give them hope and the assurance that you are with them in all things. Help them to rely on you for calm, patience, and endurance. Give them your wisdom for problem solving, compassionate responses, and caring gestures. Above all, God, I ask you to bless them beyond their expectations! Amen.

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Daylight 1-2-18

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Painting ©2015 by Janel Bragg

Daylight Scripture – You, Lord God, bless everyone who cares for the poor, and you rescue those people in times of trouble. You protect them and keep them alive.You make them happy here in this land, and you don’t hand them over to their enemies. You always heal them and restore their strength when they are sick.

Psalm 41: 1-3

Daylight Prayer – Lord, I pray for those among us who are sick and worried about tomorrow. I pray that your Spirit will be like a light in the darkness to them, and they will feel your healing hand. Not all our enemies come in human form, Lord. But they come in other forms…fears, worries, dread, broken hearts and the like. Protect us from those enemies of ours with your mighty power. Do not let us be devoured. We lift our life to you, for where else can we turn? Amen.

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Daylight 1-1-18

Daylight Scripture – The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart trusts God. I was helped, my heart rejoiced, and I thank God with my song.

Psalm 28:7

Daylight Prayer – Gracious and redeeming Lord, thank you for the years past and for the gifts of blessing, love, protection, sorry, healing, strength, sadness, wisdom, fear, witness, courage, and well-being. I anticipate with joy the new year and all of the bounty of this abundant life you have given me. I pray for those who do not know you yet. May your love become apparent to them in this new year.  Amen.


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Daylight 8-16-17

Image result for holding togetherDaylight Scripture – You have heard that it was said, You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you so that you will be acting as children of God.

Matthew 5: 43-45

Daylight Prayer – Lord, for many days I have heard the rhetoric of one side and then another, enemy versus enemy. Will it never end? It is heartbreaking, and I am tempted to be hopeless. It is so hard to love an enemy, and doubly hard to pray for those who harass you. But, I know that the love you enable us to share can bring people together in ways that heal. That is my humble prayer and hope. Bring stillness to our hearts; bring justice to our actions; bring honor to our communities; bring unity into our division and save us. Amen.

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Daylight 8-13-17

Daylight Scripture – God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart, when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea, when its waters roar and rage, when the mountains shake because of its surging waves. Selah

Psalm 46:1-3
Daylight Prayer – Lord, thank you for your presence with me today. Thank you for the small reality checks you send into my life. Thank you for being my strength and my shield through all things. Amen.
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Daylight 7-26-17

ShelterDaylight Scripture – The protection of the Lord will be a tent by day for shade from the heat and a hiding place and shelter from a storms.

Isaiah 4:6

Daylight Prayer – Lord it is on days like we are having now, when the seasonal sun is near and hot that I understand my need for shade. Likewise the summer storms flail upon me with fury, and I understand my need for a hiding place. Lord, I praise you because when my spirit is low and the days bring hardships, you are there to protect and shelter me with your love and comfort…no matter what the season may bring. Though I am undeserving, I am grateful always for your great and tender mercy to me. Amen.

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Daylight 7-17-17

Daylight Scripture – Don’t try to make yourselves beautiful on the outside, with stylish hair or by wearing gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Instead, make yourselves beautiful on the inside, in your hearts, with the enduring quality of a gentle, peaceful spirit. This type of beauty is very precious in God’s eyes.

1 Peter 3: 3-4

Daylight Prayer – Lord, did you make the butterfly to teach us how to recognize beauty,  peace and gentleness? Even if that was not your plan, I have learned these things from watching these most exquisite creatures. Help me to let go of my vanities. Help me to seek to focus on the inside stuff, the only place that can be cultivated into the beauty of Christ. Lord, have mercy. Amen.

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Daylight 7-11-17

Daylight Scripture – God blessed all his created creatures and said, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.’

Genesis 1:22
Daylight Prayer – Lord, I know that this beautiful creature lives only a few days. I am thankful that you made such wonderful things for us to enjoy here on this earth. I also know that compared to eternity my life span is very limited too. Lord, remind me to make good use of the life you have given me. Help me to allow the beauty of your creative work to be seen in me just as it is in your lovely winged creatures.
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Daylight 7-10-17

Daylight Scripture – Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. 

Proverbs 31:8-9

Daylight Prayer – Lord, let me remember that today many people are facing hardship and hunger. Make a way for me to both remember and to be on their side; speaking, acting, and giving in love. I know that I could be that one any day. Give me knowledge. Strengthen me to help. Amen.
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