merciful and patient, grant us grace, I beseech thee,
ever to teach in a teachable spirit;
learning along with those we teach,
and learning from them whenever thou so pleasest.
Word of God, speak to
us us, what thou wilt.
Wisdom of God, instruct us,
us, if and whom thou wilt.
Eternal truth, reveal thyself to us, in whatever measure thou wilt;
that we and they may all be taught of God.
Father in Heaven, this day always brings with it internal quivers and questions. Give me strength, I pray, for the task ahead. Help me to work hard and to finish well. Help me “not to hinder our children from growing in faith and love towards thee”. Remove my selfishness and restore to me the joy of my salvation. Keep us from distractions. Help me to love physics, O Lord, and I will give you the glory. Make me a blessing to my family. Thank you for the gifts you have given. You are my King. Amen.
A friend of a friend was just diagnosed with recurring cancer.
After fumbling with words, I went to my old faithful Lutheran prayer book.
It is a wonder how just the act of praying can calm and comfort. Prayer reorients us. I remember the time a girlfriend was in crisis, leaving our house in the morning on her way to the unknown. She was trembling, shaking, heaving, sobbing. I hurt, but felt so helpless and ineffectual. Curt gathered us into a three person huddle; he prayed with strong, manly tones. My friend was bestilled, becalmed, bequieted.
Divine Savior, Shepherd of our souls,
embrace me with Thy love and protect me throughout this day.
I need Thee, for I am wounded and bruised,
sick at heart and in trouble and distress.
To Thee I come.
Forgive me all my sins in Thy mercy
and love and uphold me amid these trials and tribulations.
Strengthen my faith.
Take every doubt out of my heart and lead me into Thy Word,
which promises that Thou wilt be with me always in every situation in life.
Calm my nerves.
Make me hopeful and patient.
O Christ, have mercy upon me.
O Christ, be Thou with me now and forevermore.
Most Fridays I receive an email from a friend in Zimbabwe, sharing her news and musings. Whenever I see her email in my inbox I rejoice. When we don’t hear from her we intensely pray for her safety and security. This morning the email began,
“I haven’t written in a few weeks largely because I didn’t know what to write. What’s to be said? That we have suspended democracy?”
Sandy of Maple Grove and I are exchanging news we receive from our brothers and sisters in Zim. Our church is also praying for a congregation and orphanage in a section badly hit in Myanmar. Lord, have mercy.
Prayer In a National Crisis
King of kings and Lord of lords,
Thou Lord of life and death,
protect [Zimbabwe][Myanmar] in its great need.
Let men use this great trial to turn to Thee for strength
and to find in Jesus their peace with Thee.
Let wise counsel, calm thinking, unselfish aims prevail.
Grant unity to the land and support of all just measures.
In Jesus’ name,
(from the Lutheran Book of Prayer)
photo by my son Carson on the coast of California
Give Yourself WhollyRafael Arevalo Martinez
Fly kites with your children,
cultivate your philosophies;
give women your tenderness
and men your energy.
And at every moment, valiant, sincere,
at every moment of all your days,
give yourself wholly!
Say: “I shape always
with equal care
my clay or my gold.”
And at midday when the sun burns brightest,
like a good workman–like a good workman!
And at evenfall
play with your children, feel yourself lightened;
and at night’s coming
Give yourself wholly
until you fall motionless
in the final moment;
and when death comes,
give yourself wholly!
~ from Like A River Glorious
They who trust Him wholly, find Him wholly true
~ from the Lutheran Book of Prayer
Lord, make me mindful
of the temptations of sinful care,
and impure desire,
which beset me on every side and from within.