Lord, have I thanked you lately for my friends?
How you have blessed me with the circle of people who keep me sane. Honestly, I think I would go crazy if I didn’t have people to bounce ideas off of, talk me off the ledge, point out my foolishness, encourage me when I’m right but too timid, make me feel like I belong, help me out in a pinch, explain things to me, give me advice, and generally magnify my... Read More
I’m tired of doing all the grunt work. There. I’ve said it. I’m not proud of complaining like this, Lord, but that’s how I feel right now. It’s not so much that I resent the beautiful people who are out front. I just wish that my humbler contributions would get noticed once in a while. Is that too much to ask? Why am I so invisible? Doesn’t anybody see any value in my work?
It’s not that I’m not willing... Read More
Lord, how did you know? Do you have any idea what a lift children bring to sad and weary adults? Of course you know—you invented children.
I love to play with children. They’re too young to be cynical, evasive, and aloof. They let their feelings out immediately and blurt out whatever is on their minds. I love to teach them things (and, truth be told, love to let them teach me things). I love kissing their soft cheeks, giving them... Read More
Lord, I know you want us to pay attention. I know it’s good to be concerned, to be well-organized, to avoid being careless and heedless and thoughtless. But as you well know, I go way beyond all that. Lord, we both know that I am a worrier.
I’m not proud of that. In my better moments I trust you. In my better moments I am willing to wait for clarity and deliverance. But in my lesser moments I am afraid,... Read More
I have to admit I was worried, Lord. It was such a big challenge! I wasn’t sure if I was up to it. Remember all those prayers? Of course you do. Nothing escapes your notice or memory. It took such a long time. I admit also that I was worried. I thought maybe I was on my own. But you taught me a lot through this whole thing—you taught me patience, tenacity, and toughness. You made me wait, but you... Read More
When God needed to impress on Adam and Eve how their sinful rebellion was going to hurt their lives, he had a different message for each. To Adam (and all men) God described how work itself would become frustrating and difficult. To Eve (and all wives and mothers) God announced that their children would cause them pain.
The “Song of Simeon” has become a powerful hymn in the Christian liturgy, and its text has furnished comfort to thousands of Christian... Read More
Why do I do it? Lord, I am so sorry for what I said. If only I could put those words back behind my teeth and swallow them back down. But they’re out. Why is my tongue so loose? Why do lies come out when I know I should tell the truth? Why does gossip come out so easily when I know I should be building other people up? Why do I sound bitter so often when I know I... Read More
I appreciate being given some slack. I love it when my friends overlook my bad behavior. I am relieved when my boss understands and gives me some extra time. I know I can be hard to live with sometimes and appreciate it when my spouse doesn’t keep score. But I am grateful most of all when you, O Lord, choose not to hold my many sins against me.
I will never stop praising you for your gospel. If I had... Read More
Okay, Lord, time for some honesty. When I look at the people around me, the people I’m related to, work with, and live near, they all seem to be doing better than I. I want to be happy for them, but to tell the truth, inside I envy and resent how successful they seem.
Why did you ordain such a hard road for me? Did I do it to myself? Or am I the victim of the neglect of others?... Read More
I love being in your house, Lord. I know I can worship you anywhere, and I do. But there is nothing like being in your house with other believers. I love the choirs and instruments. I love the hymns and the prayers. I appreciate the messages that come from your Word, and I love giving gifts, acknowledging you as the ultimate Giver of all.
I love being with other people who care about you as much as I do. “Praise... Read More