I encourage you to find a costume and to dress up and join in this rocking song of praise to God. Encourage mom and dad to also get dressed in a costume and to join in.
The devotional study of scripture from Our Daily Bread for this morning is entitled Hope for the World. The words from Isaiah 2:1-5 are expressed very simply in the Message version.”The Message Isaiah got regarding Judah and Jerusalem: There’s a day coming when the mountain of God ’s House Will be The Mountain— solid, towering over all mountains. All nations will river toward it, people from all over set out for it. They’ll say, “Come, let’s climb God’s Mountain, go to the House of the God of Jacob. He’ll show us the way he works so we can live the way we’re made.” Zion’s the source of the revelation. God’s Message comes from Jerusalem. He’ll settle things fairly between nations. He’ll make things right between many peoples. They’ll turn their swords into shovels, their spears into hoes. No more will nation fight nation; they won’t play war anymore. Come, family of Jacob, let’s live in the light of God.The words certainly inspire hope for the world.Today’s prayer: Our hope is not found in human effort, but in what you show us Lord Jesus. King of kings and Lord of lords. Amen.
Here is the Prayer of St. Benedict, the founder of the modern monastic movement.
Gracious and Holy Father,
Please give me:
intellect to understand you,
reason to discern you,
diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
a spirit to know you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
ears to hear you,
eyes to to see you,
a tongue to proclaim you,
a way of life pleasing to you,
patience to wait for you
and perseverance to look for you.
Grant me a perfect end,
your holy presence,
a blessed resurrection
and life everlasting. Amen.
Pray it often, pray it sincerely, pray it with diligence, pray it for yourself, and pray it for others.
Here is an age old hymn sent out by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Here is a link to some fun craft ideas that you can make and play with. Please encourage your parents to make them with you and play with you.
When bad news floods my inbox, it is good to be reminded to count my blessings and not the troubles! Coffee time with Jesus. It works! Listening this morning to Bill Johnson’s talk about “Praying from the Presence”, he reminds us of the teaching given in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT).
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Rejoice, pray unceasingly and give thanks. These three re-route the thoughts from heart to mind rather than let the mind influence the heart.Today’s prayer: Lord, my heart is so grateful to receive Your love, grace and mercy. Amen.
Here is a method of playing music softly and then praying verses of Scripture. Be blessed as you use this pattern and create your own.