Saturday, 30 April 2011
Friday, 29 April 2011
Penetrate these murky corners
where we hide our memories
and tendencies on which we do not care to look,
but which we will not yield freely up to you,
that you may purify and transmute them.
The persistent buried grudge,
the half-acknowledged enmity
which is still smouldering,
the bitterness of that loss
we have not turned into sacrifice,
the private comfort we cling to,
the secret fear of failure
which saps our initiative
and is really inverted pride,
the pessimism which is an insult to your joy.
Lord, we bring all these to you,
and we review them
with shame and penitence
in your steadfast light
Posted by Ally at 04:50
Thursday, 28 April 2011
Lord, inspire me to give of my best
and make good use
of the talents you have given me.
Show me how to be positive in attitude,
appreciating and valuing others,
always being ready to encourage
and give praise.
Sometimes I draw conclusions about people
in terms of what I think
is meant by “success” and “failure”,
but the “failure” of one person
might count as a great “success”
of someone with other talents.
Lead me never to judge people
but to accept others as they are,
knowing that it is together,
each with our differences,
that we build up your Kingdom.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Lord, I commit my failures
as well as my successes
into your hands,
and I bring for your healing
the people and the situations,
the wrongs and the hurts
of the past.
Give me courage, strength and generosity
to let go and move on,
leaving the past behind me,
and living the present to the full.
Lead me always to be positive
as I ‘entrust the past to your mercy,
the present to your love,
and the future to your providence’
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Friday, 22 April 2011
Jesus you hung upon a cross and died for us
So that we might live for you
Your body was broken and your blood shed
So that we might be healed and made whole
You were faithful unto death
So that we might be faithful unto life
Your last command was that we might
love one another
A nation united through your sacrifice
Redeemed by your blood
Healed by your love
United by your covenant of peace
In your death may we find life.
Posted by Ally at 06:23
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
God our Father,
the qualities I see lived out so well in some people
are a reflection of your own goodness,
and I know that I have much to learn from other people
who reflect your image and likeness in different ways.
Inspire me to respect others fully as my equals,
seeing and loving in them what you see and love in them
Lord, we ask you to open our eyes
that we may value and appreciate all people,
recognising what we have in common
rather than focusing on what our differences might be.
Inspire us to distinguish between what is important and what is not,
and open our minds and hearts that we may always be people
of good will who bring life and joy to others.
Posted by Ally at 04:40
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Monday, 18 April 2011
I ask you to open my eyes
as you did with the blind man,
so that I may really see.
Tune my ears
as you did with the man who was deaf and dumb,
so that I may really hear
what you are saying to me.
May the many experiences of my senses
remind me to be aware of others
and of all that is around me.
May all that I experience
lead me closer to you.
Posted by Ally at 04:43
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Posted by Ally at 04:41
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Friday, 15 April 2011
you told your friends
not to worry about the future.
You showed them
how to have the attitude of simple trust
that young children have,
so that they could place themselves
into the caring hands of your Father.
And so I ask for the power of your Spirit
that I may remain positive
throughout all that is ordinary in my daily life.
I know that your touch
can change people and situations,
and so I ask you
to join me in offering to our Father
not only the good things of this day
but also the suffering and sacrifices
that I want to offer cheerfully and lovingly,
and in a quiet and hidden way.
And so may any difficulties
and frustration and pain of this day
be transformed in your presence
for the benefit of other people.
Posted by Ally at 02:34
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father
You welcomed the sinner and dined with the outcast, may we be like you and embrace all around us without hesitation may we accept everyone as our brothers and sisters.
May we follow in your footsteps showing love and compassion to everyone, with your example of willingness to face all the pain and suffering of our world and still continue on.
Help us to be a shining light to those who are in the dark, may we lift those who are broken in body, mind or spirit, allow us to be a source of joy and healing to all.
Help us to stay focused Lord on thee, may we not stray from our journey of faith, may we take the time to pray and meditate on the things that bring peace and happiness.
Lord, you entered Jerusalem with peace in your heart. Be our vision that we too can live as people of peace in the face of the world’s many conflicts. May we hold your vision of justice and peace ever before us.
Bless us, O Blessed One, as we enter into the days ahead of us. We will need your power and presence to sustain us as we move through these difficult days together.
Bless us with the love and determination you had on Palm Sunday as you proceeded on your way to the cross.
Even when I turn away from you you have kept your hand out stretched to me.
You unfalteringly watch over me, even when I close my mind to you, you never abandon me.
You constant guidance is always there for me even when I choose not to listen.
Often the ways of the world take over and cloud my judgement,
I am blinded to the things you are showing me.
It is hard to understand that you really are there when I look at all that is going on in this world.
The pain and the suffering that is every where, help me to understand Lord that you are our Saviour,
That if people turn to you and ask for your guidance you will guide us.
The world has turned away from your words just as I am tempted to do.
I ask you Lord to help me to be able to see clearly what it is you need me to do.
You are happy if I give you a single second of honest prayer,
turning that second into a seed of love, help me to spread that love through your name.
Posted by Ally at 07:24