"..I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:11-13 NIV)
within the busyness
of this, and all days,
be at the heart of
all we do and say,
the focus of our lives,
that quiet whisper
the gentle nudge
if we should stray,
our wisdom, strength
and purpose for today.
It’s another busy day, Lord,
and before I open the door
and walk into it, I sit awhile
and think of people I’ll meet,
journeys I’ll make, places
I need to be, asking only
that I might bring something
of your love, grace, wisdom
and healing where needed,
the offering you ask of us all
in the everyday of our lives.
Wherever you lead me today,
be near, dear Lord, I pray,
that I might have confidence
in speaking about my faith,
knowing when my words
are not enough, your light
might be seen in my eyes,
and your love in my heart,
for that is how I first saw
the spark that now warms
my soul, reflected in the life
of someone just like me.
Be near, dear Lord, I pray,
wherever you lead me today.
Light of the world
May each new day
be an opportunity
to be embraced,
a chance to show
in word and deed
the difference that
your light has made,
the warmth of its glow.
For the many blessings
of daily life; knowing
that you walk with us
through light and dark,
our strength and peace;
that your gentle whisper
is heard when wisdom,
love and grace required;
that you forgive when we
and help us to our feet
on this, our daily journey
with you, Saviour and Lord.
Another day, Lord, and yet
unlike any other, as we open
the door to face its challenges,
frustrations, joys, sorrows,
conversations and distractions.
Another day, Lord, where we
step out knowing in our hearts
you are with us, your footsteps
beside us, your light to guide us
both in our labour and relaxing.
Another day, Lord, to leave
within this world something
of your love and grace, a seed
that’s sown by word or deed
and might germinate and blossom.
Another day, Lord. Hallelujah!
Through the many storms of life,
be our shelter, a strong fortress
against which nothing can prevail.
And in the quietness that follows,
as strong winds fade to breeze,
be the peace that calms our soul,
the warmth we seek, that always
draws us closer, Lord, to you.
On the path that I tread
bless the people I meet
time that is spent
words that are said
lightening of loads
peace that is shared
prayers of the heart
breaking of bread
Bless the people I meet
on the path that I tread
May this not just be ‘another day’
but one where, as I open the door
to what is an orchestra of bird song
in this beautiful, if fragile world,
that somehow I connect with you,
who gifted us this temporary home,
and yet still daily walks with us
even when we think we’re alone.
For such gracious and enduring love
we offer this, our heartfelt thanks.
When life is tough, Lord,
grant us both strength
and peace, in knowing
you are there beside us
in darkness and in light,
never further away than
a silent prayer is heard
and arms reach out to hug.
Gracious God, take from us
any anxiety we might face
as this day, with its baggage,
opens the door and enters in.
May we see opportunities
that yesterday were missed,
blessings in the little things
we might normally walk past;
time enough to set aside
a space to read your Word,
say a prayer, sing a song,
strengthen faith and know
you’re there, always there,
whatever this new day might bring.
For all those on their way to work,
by road, rail or walking into town,
these precious souls I do not know
but are loved just the same by you.
Be with them in their daily tasks,
in their frustrations and their joys.
Be with them in their interactions
with others, and grant them peace
when life begins to get them down.
And in those brief moments of quiet
reveal yourself to them, gently
through the whisper of your Spirit
saying; ‘Come to me, my child, find
what your heart is truly searching for.’
You have work for us to do
today, Lord. Getting hands
dirty kind of work. Being
there when needed, ready
to get stuck in kind of work.
Being your hands comforting,
healing, embracing but also
exposing injustice and wrong.
Being your feet, walking
alongside the marginalised,
the struggling and the weak.
Being your voice encouraging
those who stumble in the dark
to reach out, embrace the light.
You have work for us to do.
Grant strength and wisdom, Lord.
Loving God, equip me
for the day ahead;
with love enough
to share within
the busyness of life,
patience with those
and my resources,
wisdom in the way
that I engage in
and the strength
I need to carry on,
when weariness sets in.
Bless all who work in stressful situations;
healthcare, teaching, law enforcement,
social services and other occupations
where patience, love and perseverance
can wear thin, and daily stress levels rise.
Keep them safe and keep them well,
Keep them safe and keep them well,
equipped to follow their vocation
through the most difficult of times.
And at the end of their day, grant rest.
Loving God, what we desire is this;
that people see not us, but through
our smile, greeting, helping hand
or helpful word, your love reach out
and touch, maybe at a time of need.
Keep us focussed through this day
on being your servants in this place,
or wherever you might take us,
and may your name be glorified.
For all whose day starts with anxiety,
as they leave the security of home
worrying about the risk of infection;
particularly those whose health
or age classifies them as vulnerable.
Loving God, be close, keep them safe,
along with all whose tasks today
includes the care of frail and elderly.
And for all of us, grant wisdom
to make sensible choices, not just
for ourselves, but for everybody.
In the darker moments,
when clouds gather
and the heaviness we feel
remind us of your love,
carrying the weight
of so much in that cross,
embracing the world
with arms outstretched
that we might know
freedom from the chains
which now constrain us.
Bring us to your light,
release our burdens
and from despair bring hope.
may your love
be the thread
that connects us